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AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2015 Dec;31(12):1219-24. doi: 10.1089/AID.2014.0354. Epub 2015 May 4.

Transmitted Drug Resistance Among Recently Diagnosed Adults and Children in São Paulo, Brazil.

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1 Retrovirus Laboratory, Virology Center, Adolfo Lutz Institute , São Paulo, Brazil .
2 Santo André Aids Program , São Paulo, Brazil .
3 Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Santa Casa de São Paulo Hospital , São Paulo, Brazil .
4 DST/Aids Reference Center , Campinas, Brazil .
5 Emílio Ribas Infectious Diseases Institute , São Paulo, Brazil .


Transmitted drug resistance mutations (TDRM) have been a constant threat to treatment efficacy. We evaluated TDRM in plasma RNA of 217 antiretroviral therapy-naive patients from sites in the São Paulo metropolitan area, collected from 2012 to 2014. The partial HIV-1 polymerase region was sequenced using Big Dye terminators at an ABI 3130 Genetic Analyzer. TDRM was defined according to the Stanford database calibrated population resistance (CPR v.6.0), but other drug resistance mutations (DRM) considered at the IAS list (IAS, 2014) and at the Stanford HIV Database Genotyping Resistance Interpretation (GRI-HIVdb) were also described. Out of 78% (170/217) of patients with information on the time of diagnosis, most (83%, 141/170) had been recently diagnosed, with the first positive HIV serology at a median of 58 days (IQR 18-184). Subtype B predominated (70%), followed by subtype F (10%), BF (7.5%), C (7.5%), and BC (5%). TDRMs were observed in 9.2% (20/217, CI 95% 5.9% to 13.6%), mostly (5.2%) to nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) antiretroviral class. Among children and adolescents, only a single patient showed TDRMs. Additional non-CPR mutations were observed: 11.5% (25/217) according to IAS or 4.6% (10/217) according to GRI-HIVdb. Overall, 23.5% (51/217) of the cases had one or more DRM identified. TDRM prevalence differed significantly among some sites. These trends deserve continuous and systematic surveillance, especially with the new policies of treatment as prevention being implemented in the country.

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