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Researchers publish details of multiresistant HIV patient

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:691
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Researchers have published clinical and sequencing details of a unique variant of HIV in a patient who is resistant to several classes of antiretroviral drugs and who rapidly developed AIDS, after media reports of a possible new “super-strain” of the virus (Lancet 2005;365:1031-8).

The patient, a man in his 40s from New York, was given a diagnosis of HIV-1 infection in December 2004 after he had had fever, pharyngitis, weakness, and fatigue the previous month. Earlier he had tested negative for HIV-1 antibodies on several occasions between September 2000 and May 2003. His illness progressed to AIDS within 20 months—and perhaps as little as four months—of infection. The case was first publicised at a press conference in New York last month because of the possible public health …

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