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Hiv-0 info
Aug 31, 2001

Sometime back I had a HIV test done (3 months after questionable encounter). Will test at 6 months again. I read something about another strain of HIV called HIV-0.

How does HIV 1 or 2 infection differ from HIV-0? Are the symptoms of HIV-0 totally different?

Does testing done at STD clinics detect HIV-0?

I am scared of whether I have this strain..Please answer.

Response from Mr. Kull

Try not to worry yourself about being infected with group O HIV. Group O infection in the United States is extremely rare, and antibody tests manufactured in the United States are required to demonstrate accurracy and reliability in detecting all groups and subtypes of HIV, including group O.

The majority of the HIV-1 strains that infect people worldwide are categorized under group M. Group O viruses are those that diverge genetically from group M viruses, are still considerd HIV-1 viruses, and still cause HIV infection and AIDS.

Read my response to "Rare HIV Strains into Perspective" (http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Archive/Testing/Q11685.qna).

RMK



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