For the first time since 2000, a new strain of HIV has been detected. According to the researchers, this type of virus is part of the same family that has led to the global HIV pandemic.
A team of researchers has detected a new strain of HIV, according to a study conducted by Abbott Laboratories in conjunction with the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Their work was published November 6 in the journal Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
Like any other virus, HIV has different strains and is able to mutate. However, this is the first such discovery since the year 2000. To prove the existence of a new strain of HIV, scientists have relied on three separate cases.
The new strain is part of the HIV-1 group M, the most prevalent and the one causing the global HIV pandemic.
Reasons to worry?
Dr. Anthony Fauci, however, told CNN that there is no reason to be concerned, as current treatment methods are effective against the new strain, the detection of which provides the opportunity to examine the evolution of HIV. and develop more accurate methods of diagnosis.
More than 37 million people infected
Since the beginning of the global pandemic, 75 million people have been infected with HIV, of which 37.9 million live today with HIV.
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