Monday, April 22, 2024

Botswana faces imported HIV drug resistance crisis

Botswana’s  initial decision to exclude immigrants from government free medical services which it later rescinded appears to have backfired.

A new study shows that the country is facing an imported HIV drug resistance crisis “which would exacerbate the local HIV epidemic.”

In the study conducted by local scientist and their international counterparts titled “High prevalence of pre-treatment and acquired HIV-1 drug resistance mutations among non-citizens living with HIV in Botswana” they found that there are “high rates of PDR (pre-treatment drug resistance) and ADR (acquired drug resistance) in ART ( antiretroviral therapy) -experienced and ART-naïve non-citizens, respectively, in Botswana.”

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