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  • April Muldrew

A New HIV Strain Has Been Discovered - First In Two Decades


Letโ€™s see here #AListers, we got global warming, the leader of the โ€œfree worldโ€ under impeachment, and now a new type of HIV. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

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Scientists have confirmed the existence of an additional strain of HIV that has been around for decades, according to findings published Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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The strain is not new; rather, what's changed is the technology used to study the virus.

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According nbc news the subtype has been around as long as all the other strains have but was unrecognizable until now.

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The newly recognized strain is classified as subtype L in the group M family of HIV-1. The "M" stands for "major" because it's responsible for more than 90 percent of HIV infections worldwide.

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The silver lining in all of this is that experts believe drugs already used to control HIV would work for this subtype too and that thereโ€™s no reason to believe this strain is more dangerous than the others.

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