04 Nov '11, 4pm

New strain of HIV found in Singapore

New strain of HIV found in Singapore

SINGAPORE: A new and possibly more aggressive strain of the Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) has surfaced in Singapore, evolving from the two existing strains. Researchers from the Department of Infectious Diseases at Tan Tock Seng Hospital discovered the new strain AE-B after studying more than 200 HIV patients between 2008 and 2009. Around the world, there are currently 50 other known recombinant forms of the HIV virus. While the new strain can be treated with existing medication, doctors are concerned because it suggests high-risk behaviour among HIV patients - with some having had sexual intercourse with at least two people who carry different strains of the HIV virus. Preliminary evidence also shows that the new strain could be more aggressive and cause more serious diseases in infected patients. However, larger studies are needed to ascertain this. Speaking at a p...

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