Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Understanding Your LabsUnderstanding Your Labs
           
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


sub types
Feb 12, 2006

Hello, my name is steve and I work for an ASO in Canada. Ive just read an article about subtypes. Is this different than the strains? If so can you tell me more about the different subtypes and how you test for them? Thanks Steve

Response from Dr. Holodniy

The terminology is messy. Strain usually refers to the specific virus a patient received, whereas subtype is a more global term that divides HIV-1 into about 10 larger families. Subtype is usually determined by sequencing HIV-1 genes like the envelop or polymerase genes. Consensus sequences for each subtype have been developed, which looks at thousands of strains that are similar and comes up with the most common sequence among all of them (hence the consensus). Patient strains can then be analyzed and compared to subtype consensus sequences to determine which subtype it is.



Previous
HCV-VL & GENOTYPE
Next
alp elevation

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.

Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement