New, more virulent strain of HIV foundBMJ 1998; 317 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7159.619a (Published 05 September 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:619
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
French scientists have identified a new strain of HIV that is highly replicative and may escape the detection of current screening tests. The new strain could potentially trigger a new pandemic of HIV infection.
The new strain was isolated by Dr Françis Simon of the Bichat Hospital in Paris from a 40 year old woman living in Cameroon, Africa, who had been diagnosed as having AIDS. The new isolate does not belong to either of the two existing HIV-1 subgroups -- M (major) and O (outlier). Instead, Dr …