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Pork Consumers Substantially Exposed to ARVs-Study

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Pork consumers in Uganda are substantially exposed to Efavirenz and Nevirapine, both ARV-drugs, a study by Dr. Ritah Nakato, a researcher at the School of Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University College of Health Science.

She warns of the emergence of drug resistant strains of HIV in Uganda because of the indirect exposure of pork consumers to sub –optimal doses of HIV treatments or ARVs.

Results of the study published in the official journal of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine shows that ARVs are intentional adulterants of farm pig feeds and are a source of residues in pork that is consumed by a number of communities in Uganda.

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