HIV Treatment Failure in Kenya – Experts 

HIV Treatment Failure in Kenya – Experts


The latest findings in a report by the Ministry of Health and the UN published last week spoke of “unacceptably” high failure rates of Anti-retrovirals (ARVs) among refugees and residents of Kakuma in northern Kenya.

The report told of drug resistance rates of up to 64 per cent among refugees and the host community in Kakuma.

In April, another survey involving the Ministry of Health reported the emergence of a drug-resistant strain of HIV in Kenya that resisted all available first and second line medicines.

The Kakuma report has been prepared by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the World Health Organization and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.

The report suggests the high levels of treatment failure among the refugees and the local communities may be due to poor drug adherence.

“We found unacceptably low proportions of viral suppression within the refugees and host communities,” said the study.

Although there is still no cure for HIV and Aids, ARVs are meant to reduce the amount of the Aids causing virus in the patient, otherwise called viral suppression.

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