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HIV2/major or minor concern

Dec 21, 1998

With the relatively low incidence rate of this disease what conditions exist that should make someone feel the need for testing? I read where this disease is considered to be less virulent than HIV1. What does less virulent really mean? Thank you.

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Many of the current antibody tests already test for both HIV-1 and 2. Exposure risk to West Africans might suggest further scrutiny. Less virulent means that the disease takes many years to decades to manifest itself, compared to months to a few years in HIV-1. MH

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