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Dr Mc Gowan thanks very much
Nov 30, 2011

Dr Mc Gowan reliable is this article I found on internet?

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Analysis of HIV-seropositive specimens 3555, Collected in Cameroon from 2002 to 2006, led to the identification of four HIV-1 group based on differential N Infections seroreactivity to HIV env-derived peptides and proteins and nucleic acid amplification by confirmation. Group N Prevalence Continues to be low accounting for only 0.1% of HIV infections in Cameroon. Near full-length genomic sequences Were Obtained from viral RNA or proviral DNA by PCR amplification of overlapping fragments for three isolated, 06CM-U14296, U14842-06CM, 02CM-SJGddd and. Two genome segments, pol and env-partial nef, Were Obtained from viral RNA for the fourth isolate, 02CM-TIM0217. With the four group N isolated Identified In This Study and Previously Reported group N sequences, near full-length eight and five partial genome sequences are now available. Despite genetic divergence from HIV-1 group M and O, all of the group N Infections HIV Evaluated by five commercial immunoassays Were detected.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20059396

The article says that the ELISA detects the 5 infections by the group N

Then according to the article elisa detect infections of the group N

ELISA ALL DO THE SAME

FORGIVE MY BAD ENGLISH, I ONLY SPEAK SPANISH

Thanks---

Response from Dr. McGowan

Thank you, Your English is just fine.

Yes, this article shows that HIV-1 Group N remains as a very very rare form of HIV that is limited to a very specific geographical area. It also is reassuring in that the isolates that they found would have been picked up with commercial HIV testing kits.

Joe



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