Statement by the HSRC and UNAIDS on a joint 2018 World AIDS Days partnership seminar on HIV drug resistance

The fifth South African National HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey, conducted in 2017 by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and its partners found resistance to anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) in more than a quarter of virally unsuppressed people living with HIV. These findings were presented at a joint HSRC and United Nations Programme of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) World AIDS Day Seminar.

Resistance to any of the ARVs was identified in 27.4% of survey respondents who were virally unsuppressed. Resistance to one drug class was found among 18.9% of the respondents and 7.8% had resistance to two drug classes that constitute first-line therapy used in South Africa, while a smaller proportion (0.5%) had resistance to second-line regimens. 

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