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SPREAD


HIV/AIDS

Strategy to Control SPREAD of HIV Drug Resistance
Framework programme:
5
Project number:
QLK2-CT-2001-01344
EC contribution:
€ 1 499 995
Duration:
48 months
Type:
RS
Starting date:
January 2002
Website:
http://www.SPREAD-Europe.org

Keywords: HIV; drug-resistance; surveillance; transmission; Europe; prevention

Summary:

Human immunodeficiency viruses, resistant to one or more HIV drugs, are spreading throughout the world. If further spread will not be controlled, a future situation may occur in which no effective drugs will be available for newly infected patients. Within the SPREAD-project, clinicians, virologists and epidemiologists from 16 European countries will develop a strategy to control transmission of resistant HIV. Viruses from thousands of newly diagnosed individuals will be collected and characterised on mutational and phenotypic level by a network of quality controlled national reference laboratories.

Problem:

Approximately one-fifth of all new HIV- infections is expected to be caused by drug resistant viruses. However, no systematic information on transmission of HIV drug resistant viruses is collected throughout Europe.

Aim:

Development and implementation of a European surveillance programme for the collection of comparable and reliable data on transmission of HIV drug resistant viruses in different countries.

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