05 Nov '11, 2am

New, more aggressive HIV strain in Singapore, study shows it is most common among bisexuals

A new strain of the HIV virus, believed to be more aggressive than at least one strain here, has reared its head. Researchers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) believe the new strain developed from a recombination of the two existing strains here, and that it may have arisen among the community of bisexual HIV-positive patients. By 'more aggressive', researchers mean that patients with the virus, which causes the incurable Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or Aids, could become very ill much sooner. The two strains of HIV here, documented since 1996, are the subtype B strain and the CRF01-AE strain. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus. blog comments powered by Disqus

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