Patient is reinfected with a different HIV strainBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7364.564 (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:564
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Doctors have reported a rare case of HIV “superinfection,” in which a person already infected with HIV became reinfected with a different strain of the virus.
The finding proves the importance of consistently practising safer sex, even between two HIV positive people, they say. But they warn that HIV superinfection could be another obstacle to developing an effective AIDS vaccine.
The patient, a 38 year old man whose blood counts of HIV had fallen sharply after drug treatment, had a resurgent viral load after stopping his medication …