|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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