Alarming number of babies have resistant HIV – RT World News

Resistance to HIV drugs is increasing and a new approach is urgently needed. Nearly half of all babies diagnosed with the virus are resistant to intervention, according to figures just published by the World Health Organization.

Based on the latest surveys of surveys conducted in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, nearly half of babies newly diagnosed with HIV are carriers of drug-resistant HIV.the report said on Thursday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that while antiretroviral therapy has proven successful, with 27.5 million people currently receiving it worldwide, resistance to the drug is on the rise and an increasing number of countries are reaching the all-important 10% threshold. of resistance.

According to the report, “routine monitoring” of resistance, along with the search for alternatives, will be the main ways to minimize the transmission of resistant forms of the disease. As of 2020, only 64% of countries with high infection levels had national action plans to prevent, monitor and respond to HIV drug resistance.

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that misuse of antimicrobials can be a cause of drug resistance.

Antimicrobials — including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and antiparasitics — are the backbone of modern medicine. But the overuse and misuse of antimicrobials undermine the effectiveness of these essential drugs. We can all play a role in preserving antimicrobials and preventing drug resistanceGhebreyesus said, as quoted by The Guardian.

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