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The Drug Detour of Addressing AIDS Isn't Going to Last
06/20/2003

Beyond the dangerous complacency that seems to be increasing with HIV in modernized countries, Africa looks like it's on the fast track to making HIV drugs less effective:

The unregulated supply of Aids drugs in the non-industrialised world threatens to accelerate the development of drug-resistant HIV strains.

That is the conclusion of a study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, just published in the British Medical Journal.

The study urges governments and international agencies to deal with the problem now. ...

Even in the rigid treatment patterns of the affluent west, HIV is becoming resistant to established anti-retrovirals - and this study says that governments and health authorities cannot afford to wait for more dangerous resistance to emerge in the developing world.

At what point will it settle in that behavior must change? That treatment must move toward prevention?

Posted by Justin Katz @ 10:49 AM EST