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Rare Strain of Multi-Drug Resistant HIV

Feb 22, 2005

New York City Resident Diagnosed With Rare Strain of Multi-Drug Resistant HIV That Rapidly Progresses to AIDS

Highly Virulent Strain Resistant to Three Types of HIV Drugs Is Rare in Patients Not Previously Treated for HIV; Strain Is Also Associated With Rapid Onset of AIDS

What's your take on this news?

Response from Dr. Pierone

The fact that someone newly diagnosed with HIV infection acquired multi-drug resistance came as no surprise. The rapid progression to AIDS is somewhat surprising because multi-drug resistant virus tends to be less aggressive than wild-type virus. Whether this case is an anomaly or the harbinger of a disturbing new trend is not yet known.

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MED CHANGE after initial treatment.

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