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subtype A/E
Nov 24, 2002

Hi Dr's,

I was informed that my subtype was A/E. Can you explain this to me please. Have I been infected by 2 strains ? Thank you !

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Yes and no. Although most people have a single HIV subtype virus infection, some people have what is referred to as a CRF, circulating recombinant form. A CRF is indeed pieces of usually two subtypes that have combined together to form a new recombinant form. The possibilities are that you were infected with this CRF, or that you had been exposed to the two different subtypes and they came together within you.



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