January 26, 2010
A new study by researchers at the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS shows a sharp drop in the prevalence of drug-resistant HIV among B.C. patients. From 1996 to 2008, drug resistance fell by more than 12-fold among the 5,422 patients involved in the longitudinal study.
"This is good news with big implications," said Dr. Richard Harrigan, lead author. Patients are on treatments that work, stopping the progress of the disease, he said.
"You can't imagine what it's like to be given your life back," said Tiko Kerr, who has had HIV for 25 years and was one of five B.C. patients who had to fight to receive then-experimental treatments. On one of the newer treatments he began in 2006, Kerr's viral load was cut by 90 percent.
01.10.2010; Denise Ryan
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