They find a new subtype of HIV


For almost 20 years, something new related to this virus was not discovered

Scientists belonging to Abott laboratories who are especially dedicated to HIV tests, together with colleagues from the University of Missouri, carried out a discovery of something that had not been seen for 19 years.

In the article published in the magazine Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome it is indicated that these laboratories discovered a new subtype of the HIV virus, which has been classified as type L, which belongs to the group M of the HIV-1 virus, which is part of the same family of subtypes of the virus responsible for the HIV pandemic.

This is the first new strain of HIV in Group M identified since guidelines were established to classify subtypes in the year 2000. This discovery, according to specialists, does not alter the way in which a person carrying the virus is diagnosed or treated. .

“There is no reason to panic or even worry a little. Not many people are infected with this. This is an atypical case. The new subtype was found in only three people, ”said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US, in an interview with CNN.

However, at the research level, this finding is important just to know exactly the strains of the virus that are circulating in the environment, in case you need to make any changes in the screening tests. It was also indicated that this discovered strain is "closely related to an ancestral one", so it is very likely to be circulating only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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