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hiv-O prevalence in the USA
Nov 23, 2003

Dear Dr Pierone,

I was interested in last months information on PI based treatment for O strain hiv. I noted that O strain patients went from a "low" number to "1500" reported. How many are present here in the states that are accounted for?? Does it differ in transmission and treatment??

Thankyou in advance.

Response from Dr. Pierone

Group O HIV is extremely uncommon in the United States, well under 1 percent. Group O is transmitted in the same manner as Group M (predominant worldwide). Treatment should be with protease inhibitor based therapy because of intrinsic resistance to non-nucleoside medications.



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