Apr 21, 2020

Patterns of acquired HIV-1 drug resistance mutations and predictors of virological failure in Moshi, northern Tanzania

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Shabani Ramadhani MzirayI. E. Kiwelu


Drug resistance is a public health concern. Profiles of HIV drug resistance mutations (HIVDRM) and virological failure (VF) are not extensively studied in Tanzania. This study aimed to determine HIVDRM and predictors of VF in HIV-infected individuals failing first-line HIV drugs in Moshi, northern Tanzania. A case-control study was conducted at KCMC, Mawenzi, Pasua and Majengo health facilities with HIV-care and treatment clinics in Moshi from October, 2017 to August, 2018. Cases and controls were HIV-infected individuals with VF and viral suppression (VS) respectively. HIV-1 reverse transcriptase and protease genes were amplified and sequenced. Stanford University's HIV drug resistance database and REGA HIV-1 Subtyping tool 3.0 determined HIVDRM and HIV-1 subtypes respectively. Odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals investigated predictors of VF. P-value <5% was considered statistically significant. A total of 124 participants were recruited, of whom 63 (50.8%) had VF and 61 (49.2%) had VS. Majority (66.1%) were females. Median [IQR] age and duration on ART were 45 [35-52] years and 72 [48-104] months respectively. Twenty five out of 26 selected HIV-1 RNA samples from cases were successively sequenced. Twenty four samples (...Continue Reading

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