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Levels of resistance to HIV drugs are on the rise and a new approach is urgently needed. Nearly half of all infants diagnosed with the virus are resistant to the procedure, according to figures just released by the World Health Organization.

According to the most recent studies from surveys in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, almost half of infants newly diagnosed with HIV have drug-resistant HIV,Said Thursday’s report.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that although antiretroviral therapy has been shown to be an effective suppressor, with 27.5 million people currently receiving it worldwide, resistance to the drug is increasing and a number growing number of countries reach the all-important 10% threshold. resistance.

According to the report, “routine monitoring”Resistance, as well as the search for alternatives, will be the main means of minimizing the transmission of drug-resistant forms of the disease. In 2020, only 64% of countries with high levels of infection had national action plans to prevent, monitor and respond to HIV drug resistance.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus noted that the misuse of antimicrobials can be one of the causes of drug resistance.

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

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