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Suffering a new type HIV?
May 25, 1999

Dear Dr, I exposured 10 months agao. All my blood tsets in 6,8, 9 months are Negative. Since 7th moth, symptoms began: Swollen lymph nodes(PGL),reddish rashes on arms, weight loss, night sweat, oral problem, often discharge, fatigue, headache, pain leg and knee, etc. My doctors have checked me fully, but can not find other reasons. I think I may suffering sub-type O or a new sub-type HIV. Could you please tell me that what test can detect the sub-type o and new virus type? Which hospital can do the test in BlackSburg in Virginia? It is said current EIA and WB can not test the new sub-type HIV, isn't it? I think the new sub-type HIV is spreading quickly, many people are being threatened, why CDC don't offer any new test method?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

There is no commercially available test yet. They have been developed and are in clinical studies. Contrary to popular myth, it is not spreading quickly in the US. MH



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