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New, Aggressive HIV Strain Found

Swedish researchers have identified a new strain of HIV in West Africa, which progresses to AIDS more quickly.

The A3/02 strain combines with the two most common HIV strains and develops into AIDS within five years, which is about two and half years faster than either of its parental strains. This is a recombinant strain and it appears when a person is infected by two different strains, allowing DNA to fuse and create a new one.

Also, studies show that these recombinant strains have the capacity to spread more rapidly. However, the only relief is that the medicines that are available today are equally functional on all different sub-types of variants. And clinical trials are going on to prove the same.


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