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HIV/AIDS

30 August 2007

Fear over ARV resistance

South Africa is facing the possibility of state Aids patients developing "major resistance" to currently prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, the health department has said.

South Africa is facing the possibility of state Aids patients developing "major resistance" to currently prescribed antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, health department director-general Thami Mseleku said on Thursday.

Challenges still to be overcome
"We have a number of challenges - for the number of people who started treatment a long time ago, they are now faced with a situation where they are likely to be developing resistance anyway, and would have to move to the second level of drugs. That in itself is a problem of resistance.

Preparing for the future
Asked if the department was currently trying to source second-line ARVs ahead of any possible resistance phase, Mseleku said: "In preparation we are in discussion with a variety of companies that may actually be able to provide these."


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