Scientists Discover New HIV Strain
Researchers have uncovered an aggressive new strain of HIV in Guinea-Bissau, a West African country. The new strain, discovered in 2011 and called A3/02, has been shown to cause people to contract AIDS almost two years faster.
According to researchers, the new strain has so far only been found in Guinea-Bissau. It apparently forms when two strands of HIV that are most common in that country are fused together.
Sometimes, it mutates and the patients that are infected with the strain usually develop AIDS within five years. Typically, in the older strains of the virus, it takes much longer than that.
The good news is that despite the fact that patients are developing AIDS much quicker, the current medications available for treatment are still effective against the new strain.
Experts say that it’s just a matter of time before the new strain spreads to other parts of the world, including the US and Europe.