French National Sentinel Survey of Antiretroviral Drug Resistance in Patients With HIV-1 Primary Infection and in Antiretroviral-Naive Chronically Infected Patients in 2001-2002

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Objective:To survey the frequency of genotypic antiretroviral resistance and the spread of non-B subtypes in patients with primary HIV-1 infection (2001-2002) and in treatment-naive chronically HIV-1-infected patients (2001).Methods:Plasma samples from 303 patients with acute HIV-1 infection (Primo study) and 363 treatment-naive patients with chronic HIV-1 infection (Odyssee study) were tested for genotypic resistance. Resistance mutations were identified from the International AIDS Society Resistance Testing-USA panel and resistant viruses were defined according to the French Agence Nationale de Recherches sur le SIDA (ANRS) resistance algorithm.Results:In the Primo study, 14% of the patients had viruses with resistance mutations and 12% of patients had viruses with mutations conferring resistance to least 1 antiretroviral drug. Thirty patients had viruses with mutations to at least 1 antiretroviral drug in a single pharmacologic class. Six patients were infected by viruses resistant to 2 or 3 classes of drugs. In the Odyssee study, the prevalence of reverse transcript (RT) associated and major protease inhibitor-associated mutations was 6.1% (95% CI: 3.6-8.6). Six patients had viruses resistant to at least 1 antiretroviral drug and 3 patients had viruses resistant to 2 classes of antiretroviral drugs. Twenty-four percent of acutely infected patients harbored non-B subtype strains (19% in 1999-2000) and 33.2% of chronically infected patients (10% in 1998; P < 0.0001).Conclusion:In France, the frequency of HIV-1 resistance in untreated patients was not significantly higher in 2001-2002 than in previous surveys while the prevalence of non-B subtypes is increasing.

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