Jul 28, 2011
Can someone who has been diagnosed HIV+ be reinfected. Is the virus mutating from person to person. Is it possible to know if one's strain is the same tha your partner has?
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for posting.
Yes, a positive person can be super-infected with a second strain of HIV. This is fortunately not common, but is well documented in the literature.
Sometimes drug resistance testing can pick up evidence of a new strain, but more typically, specialized (usually research only) tools are needed.
Hope that helps, BY
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