[Ip-health] With Drug Resistant AIDS on Rise, Health Advocates Call for Continued Vigilance

Riaz K Tayob riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 01:55:37 PDT 2012

[Vigilance over what? Is WHO's HIV-Res Net collecting HIV biodiversity 
from poor countries and handing it over to companies so they can 
"expropriate" it for big companies? All one can really get from WHO is 
that national aids committees handle this, so there you go.. 
vigilance... but what is really happening...? If the swine flu pandemic 
is anything to go by, and if CSOs have learnt anything from BigPharma, 
Northern Governments and WHO is that extreme vigilance is required... 
but will anything be done about it, or will inquiries be stonewalled 
again? and again... and again... ]

Published on Monday, July 23, 2012 by Common Dreams 

    With Drug Resistant AIDS on Rise, Health Advocates Call for
    Continued Vigilance

      Lancet study shows growing concern for strains resistant to
      treatment as global conference kicks off

- Common Dreams staff

A Lancet study 
released over the weekend, backed by data from the World Health 
Organization, shows that strains of HIV/AIDS that exhibit resistance to 
prominent treatments are on the rise.

Activists rallied on the streets of Washington DC at the opening of the 
19th International AIDS Conference. (AFP) The findings, which took a 
global perspective of resistant strains of the virus, were released 
ahead of the global AIDS conference that began in Washington, DC on 
Monday and bolstered calls by patient advocates, researchers, 
scientists, and public health experts for governments to work harder and 
invest more money in fighting the disease.

"We must resolve together never to go backwards," said Dr Elly Katabira, 
president of the International AIDS Society, at the opening session of 
the International AIDS Conference on Sunday.

The Lancet study, conducted by Silvia Bertagnolio from the UN's World 
Health Organisation and Ravindra Gupta at University College London, 
found the most troubling results in sub-Saharan Africa where the virus 
showed the highest rates of resistance.

"Without continued and increased national and international efforts, 
rising HIV drug resistance could jeopardize a decade-long trend of 
decreasing HIV/AIDS-related illness and death in low- and middle-income 
countries," they said.

"The nightmare is that -- as with bacteria which become resistant to 
antibiotics -- strains of HIV will emerge that will blunt the armoury of 
antiretrovirals, leaving millions defenceless," read a review 
of the report by /Agence France-Presse/.

to a facts cited by Al-Jazeera, there are 34.2 million people currently 
living with HIV, and while infections are dropping slowly, 2.5 million 
are still infected every year.

In 2011, about eight million badly infected people in poorer countries 
had access to HIV-suppressing drugs, a figure 26 times greater than the 
number in 2003 but still only just over half of those in need.

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