July 24, 2017

Drug-Resistant HIV Is On the Rise

Written by Alexandra Sifferlin

This article originally appeared on Time.

In a new report, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that resistance to the drugs used to treat HIV is on the rise.

According to the latest WHO HIV Drug Resistance report, six out of 11 countries surveyed reported that more than 10% of people who are starting antiretroviral therapy in their country have a strain of the virus that’s resistant to the drugs used to treat it.

The countries that went above the 10% threshold are Argentina, Guatemala, Namibia, Nicaragua, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Researchers say the most rapid increase in resistant cases of HIV was observed in southern and eastern Africa. Currently the WHO recommends that countries that exceed that threshold review their treatment programs.

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