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Drug-Resistant HIV Pandemic 'Real Possibility'

Friday, 23 May 2014 02:38 PM

A new drug-resistant HIV pandemic is "a real possibility," one of the world's leading authorities on infectious disease has said, warning that a rise of untreatable strains of the virus could "reverse progress made since the 1980s" in combating AIDS.

Jeremy Farrar tells The Independent that drug-resistant HIV could have a "huge impact" over the next 20 years, if drugs that have helped boost longevity in HIV patients since 1990s become less effective.
 
His warning came as a coalition of scientists said that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — the process by which microbes evolve to be immune to the drugs used to combat them — should rank alongside climate change as one of the greatest threats facing humanity.
 
Farrar, director of the leading research foundation the Wellcome Trust, said that it is "inevitable" that resistance to HIV would increase because viruses easily mutate.
 
"It is not unreasonable that a HIV pandemic could return," he said. "The possibility of a resistantly-driven HIV pandemic is quite real."
 
Current strategies to combat AMR aim to cut back on excessive use and develop new drugs and alternative treatments.  

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