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Jun 11, 2010

I'm about to begin treatment for the first time but have a slight fear. Would it be possible that I've contracted a strain which is already resistant to most meds?

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for your post.

Your concern is reasonable; about 10% of US and European HIV+ persons acquired a strain of HIV with some degree of drug resistance. About 1% have multi-drug resistance.

For this reason, national and international treatment guidelines in North America and Europe recommend HIV resistance testing prior to selecting and starting treatment.

Fortunately, even for those who have acquired drug resistant HIV, there are very good treatments that should suppress HIV and maintain (or restore) health.

Be well, BY



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