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Prevalence of Drug-Resistant HIV Has Fallen Dramatically Among Antiretroviral-Experienced Patients in Western Europe

January 24, 2013

New effective and easy-to-use treatments are responsible for a decline in the number of HIV-infected Western Europeans with resistance to antiretroviral drugs, according to researchers. Between 27 and 32 percent of HIV-infected people were resistant to all treatments in 2000; by 2008, the proportion had dropped to 0.3 to one percent of HIV-infected people.

When HIV becomes resistant, the virus can replicate and cause illness and death. Early one- or two-drug regimens could not suppress HIV over time, and resulted in drug-resistant HIV. Triple therapy regimens, introduced in 1996, were not always effective against the drug-resistant HIV. Early three-pill combinations also were weaker, caused side effects, and required strict

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