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Drug to protect babies from HIV creates resistance

作者:羿匕    发布时间:2019-03-01 04:07:04    

FOR HIV-positive women in poor countries it can be a life-saving short cut: a one-off treatment with the anti-retroviral drug nevirapine in late pregnancy can stop their babies being infected with HIV during birth. Now it seems there is a major downside. Previous studies had suggested that any nevirapine-resistant HIV arising as a result of the treatment disappeared from the mother’s body shortly after birth. However, when Sarah Palmer and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health in Frederick, Maryland, looked more carefully for specific nevirapine-resistance mutations in HIV from women given the treatment in Soweto, South Africa,

 

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