Scientists announced on Wednesday that they had discovered a new strain of HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, for the first time in nearly twenty years.
A study published in the journal of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and first reported by CNN found that the new subtype, called HIV-1 subtype L, is the first new strain of the virus to be identified since 2000. [19659002"ThisfindingremindsusthattoendtheHIVpandemicwemustcontinuetothinkthisconstantly-changethevirusandusethelatesttechnologyandresourcestomonitoritsevolution"studyco-authorDrCarolMacArthurfromtheUniversityofMissouri-KansasCityforCNN
Dr. Anthony Foche, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned that the official recognition of the new strain was not a cause for concern.
"There is no reason to panic or even worry about it a little." he told CNN. "Not many people are infected with this. It's different."
The guidelines for identifying new strains of HIV require three cases to be identified: two previous cases of HIV, in 1
It is currently unknown whether the new subtype affects patients with the disease differently and it is believed that the strain responds to existing HIV treatments that may lead to the detection of the virus. levels in the body.