Prevalence of drug-resistant mutations in newly diagnosed drug-naïve HIV-1-infected individuals in a treatment site in the Waterberg District, Limpopo province
Subjects and methods. Drug-naive HIV-1-infected individuals were sequentially recruited between February 2008 and December 2008 from individuals visiting the voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services of the Bela-Bela HIV/AIDS Wellness Clinic. Viral subtyping was done by phylogenetic analysis; drug-resistant mutations were determined according to the Stanford HIV Drug Resistance Interpretation and the International AIDS society-USA guidelines.
Results. A drug-resistant mutation prevalence of 3.5% (95% confidence interval 0.019796 - 0.119077) comprising Y181C and L33F was observed; 98% of the viruses were HIV-1 subtype C on the protease (PR) and reverse transcriptase (RT) gene regions.
Conclusion. The prevalence of drug-resistant mutations in drug-naïve persons may be low in Bela-Bela after 8 years of access to antiretroviral treatment (ART), and resistance testing before initiating treatment may not be needed.
Pascal Bessong, AIDS Virus Research Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, University of Venda
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Date published: 2011-05-06
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