© 2019, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. Access to nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NRTI) and non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) first-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV has been increasing in Peru since a national ART program was initiated in 2004. Between 2007 and 2009, we found a 1% prevalence of pre-ART HIV drug resistance (PDR) among antiretroviral (ARV)-naive Peruvians. Given that PDR has been associated with virologic failure (VF) of ART, in 2014-2015 we enrolled a follow-up cohort at the same institution to determine whether the rate of transmitted resistance had increased and compared virologic outcomes of those with and without PDR. Blood specimens from ARV-naive individuals were assessed for PDR to NNRTI-based ART by an oligonucleotide ligation assay (OLA) sensitive to 2% mutant within an individual's HIV quasispecies at reverse transcriptase codons M41L, K65R, K103N, Y181C, M184V, and G190A, and by Sanger consensus sequencing (CS). Rates of VF (plasma HIV RNA >200 copies/mL) were compared between those with and without PDR. Among 122 ARV-naive adults, PDR was detected by OLA in 17 (13.9%) adults. Compared with the 2007-2009 cohort, the proportion with PDR at OLA codons was significantly increased (p <.001). A total of 11 of 19 OLA mutations conferring high-level drug resistance were also detected by CS, and 8 additional participants had mutations encoding low-level resistance detected by CS for a total of 25 participants (20.5%). VF at month 6 of NNRTI-ART appeared greater in participants with versus without PDR [4/18 (22.2%) vs. 3/71 (4.2%); p =.03]. An increasing prevalence of PDR was detected among ARV-naive Peruvians. Studies are needed to determine risks of specific PDR mutations.
Soria, J., Mugruza, R., Levine, M., León, S. R., Arévalo, J., Ticona, E., Beck, I. A., & Frenkel, L. M. (2019). Pretreatment HIV Drug Resistance and Virologic Outcomes to First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy in Peru. AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses, 150-154. https://doi.org/10.1089/aid.2018.0239