7 Things to Know About HIV Drug Resistance
The HIV virus is highly adaptive. This means it changes itself to survive better within its host. HIV replicates very quickly— so quickly it often makes mistakes when it copies itself. Some of these mistakes, or mutations, are beneficial to the virus. Through natural selection, the virus starts purposely including these beneficial mutations when it copies itself. This ultimately results in a new strain—or variation—of the virus. The new strain can make the HIV virus less reactive to the medications you’re taking, which is known as drug resistance. HIV drug resistance can be difficult to treat, so make sure you’re informed about this serious problem.
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