Concerns raised over antiretroviral drugs

As world marks AIDS day,experts say drugs that have saved millions could cause virus to mutate.

    New concerns have emerged over antiretroviral drugs used in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

    The drugs, typically a cocktail of three or more drugs in a single dose, are chosen from 27 possible pharmaceuticals.

    They’re designed to suppress the virus in the body, and often keeping the viral load low enough to make transmission more difficult. The drugs have been a miracle for millions of sufferers.

    But there are concernd that they could cause the virus to mutate and might help the virus evolve into an untreateable resistant form.

    Al Jazeera's Jacob Ward reports from San Francisco.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.