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New AIDS Virus Strain Found

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A new strain of the Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) was recently discovered in a woman from Cameroon (west-central Africa). The HIV-1 virus is able to mutate and changes in its genetic material occur very rapidly.

The public health implications of this new subtype of HIV-1 need to be determined. This strain is very deadly (the woman that had this virus died of AIDS). Unfortunately, infections with subtype N HIV-1 are not detectable with the current blood test used to screen for HIV infections. This screening test is called an enzyme immunoassay test. Fortunately, the blood test used to confirm whether a person has been infected with HIV-1 is still able to detect this new subtype. Currently, this subtype has only been identified in Africa. It however, may make detection and early treatment of HIV infections more difficult.

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Rapid Onset of Full-Blown AIDS Reported in Drug-Resistant HIV Case

New York City health officials today announced that a patient rapidly developed full-blown AIDS shortly after being diagnosed with a rare, drug-resistant strain of the HIV virus.

The patient was diagnosed in December with 3-DCR HIV, a strain that is resistant to three different classes of anti-retroviral medication.

Officials at the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said the patient is a male in his mid-40s who had multiple male sex partners and unprotected sex, often while using crystal methamphetamine.

"This patient's infection with an HIV-1 strain that is not amenable to standard antiretroviral therapy, along with his rapid clinical and immunological deterioration, is alarming," said Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and a leading expert on the disease

City health officials said the man appeared to have developed AIDS within two to three months after he was infected, or 20 months at the most. In most other cases, onset of AIDS occurs more than 10 years after initial infection with HIV.

Crystal Meth Use Criticized

Doctors and health officials are quick to blame the growing use of crystal meth for many new cases of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

"The rapidly growing crystal meth epidemic in New York City continues to play a significant role in facilitating the transmission of HIV," said Dr. Antonio Urbina, medical director of HIV education and training at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York.

"In light of the emergence of this virulent new strain, health care providers must be especially vigilant in ... recognizing the signs and symptoms of crystal methamphetamine use in their patients," Urbina said.
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The articles quoted in the OP are from 1999. Huh?
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LOL I havent had protected sex in over 18 years. Its called getting married and being faithful insted of being a promiscuous scumbag.
So, were you a promiscuous scumbag before you got married?
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Yes, the first is from 1999, the ABC link is from February 2010,

This shows an "Alarming Progression Seen in New York AIDS Case", no?
No, the ABC link is from February 11, 2005.

Where did the story come from? Maybe there is a new twist that we don't know about but the quotes are from old data.
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They are not saying meth users are sharing needles.

Use of that drug contributes to immune system failure and maybe contributes to the mutation of the virus.
Virus mutation occurs primarily because people take anti-retrovirals until they feel normal then stop taking them, like Magic Johnson did. The hearty virus that survived the treatment then makes a comeback. They infect a partner with this stronger virus who infects a partner and so on. Suddenly there is a more virulent strain.

It is one of the reasons drug companies were so hesitant to ship the newest drugs to Africa because those who are HIV positive in Africa have unprotected sex at much higher rates than HIV positive people in the developed world.
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You are right.

I put these articles together without looking at the dates.

I am embarrassed, thank you for catching my mistake.
No need to be embarrassed. It is an easy mistake to make.
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