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Study finds separate strains of HIV in different body fluids

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 24 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1103
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    HIV can mutate into separate strains in a patient's semen and blood, suggesting that the infection may be harder to treat than previously thought and be more likely to be transmitted through sexual intercourse, even in cases where virus levels remain low in the blood, a new study has found.

    Researchers studied a group of patients infected with HIV, who had proved resistant to drug treatment. They tried them with a wide variety of drugs …

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