Global trends in antiretroviral resistance in treatment-naive individuals with HIV after rollout of antiretroviral treatment in resource-limited settings: a global collaborative study and meta-regression analysis
The Lancet - Early Online Publication, 08/09/2012
Gupta RK et al. – These findings suggest a significant increase in prevalence of drug resistance over time since antiretroviral rollout in regions of sub–Saharan Africa; this rise is driven by NNRTI resistance in studies from east and southern Africa. The findings are of concern and draw attention to the need for enhanced surveillance and drug–resistance prevention efforts by national HIV treatment programmes. Nevertheless, estimated levels, although increasing, are not unexpected in view of the large expansion of antiretroviral treatment coverage seen in low–income and middle–income countries—no changes in antiretroviral treatment guidelines are warranted at the moment.Methods
- Authors did a systematic search for studies and conference s published between January, 2001, and July, 2011, and included additional data from the WHO HIV drug resistance surveillance programme.
- They assessed the prevalence of drug–resistance mutations in untreated individuals with respect to time since rollout in a series of random–effects meta–regression models.
- Study–level data were available for 26 102 patients from sub–Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Authors recorded no difference between chronic and recent infection on the prevalence of one or more drug–resistance mutations for any region.
- East Africa had the highest estimated rate of increase at 29% per year (95% CI 15 to 45; p=0•0001) since rollout, with an estimated prevalence of HIV–1 drug resistance at 8 years after rollout of 7•4% (4•3 to 12•7).
- They recorded an annual increase of 14% (0% to 29%; p=0•054) in southern Africa and a non–significant increase of 3% (–0•9 to 16; p=0•618) in west and central Africa.
- There was no change in resistance over time in Latin America, and because of much country–level heterogeneity the meta–regression analysis was not appropriate for Asia.
- With respect to class of antiretroviral, there were substantial increases in resistance to non–nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTI) in east Africa (36% per year [21 to 52]; p<0•0001) and southern Africa (23% per year [7 to 42]; p=0•0049).
- No increase was noted for the other drug classes in any region.