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Drug resistance

Dec 4, 2008

For someone who is recently diagnosed, Is drug resistance inevitable? Is there a way to prevent it?

Thank you

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

Drug resistance is not inevitable at all. Assuming that you weren't infected with a drug resistant strain and practice safe habits (sex and drugs), you'll start with a clean slate, so to speak.

Once the decision to start HIV medications is made, continuing safe habits remains important, but now the selection of a well tolerated and (most importantly) well adhered to regimen are the next steps. If your regimen can get your viral load to undetectable levels, and if you continue to take care to stay adherent, you shouldn't develop drug resistance.

I hope this helps.


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