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A question on drug resistance
Jan 11, 2003

Does HIV virus always develops drug resistance even when medication is adhered to strictly?

Response from Dr. Little

It can if the treatment the individual is on is not potent enough or if there is some other cause (such as another drug that the person is taking) which lowers the levels of the HIV drug in the blood stream to levels which are too low to stop viral replication. Both of these can result in drug resistance even if every dose of medication is taken correctly.

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