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Study Shows Prevalence of Drug-Resistant HIV Strains in Uganda Rising, Among Highest in Sub-Saharan Africa

May 23, 2012

"The prevalence of drug-resistant HIV strains in Uganda has risen from 8.6 percent to 12 percent in the last five years, one of the highest rates in sub-Saharan Africa, according to a recent study," PlusNews reports. "The PharmAccess African Studies to Evaluate Resistance (PASER) monitoring cohort study report for 2008-2012" -- "which was based on results from the capital, Kampala, the western town of Fort Portal, and the eastern town of Mbale" -- "found that the prevalence of transmitted drug resistance among people who have never taken life-prolonging antiretroviral (ARV) medication was substantially higher in Uganda" than in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, the news service writes.

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