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Apr 25, 2005

Dr. Henry, Please Help. You previously indicated in one of your responses that you have heard of several cases in either the United States or Europe of people infected with the Group N strain who immigrated from Africa. Please tell me whether this is true. This article seems to indicate otherwise, indicating that only 6 cases in Cameroon have been identified as group N infection. Who should I believe? Initially I wasn't particularly worried about the Group N strain, but your post stating that you have heard of several cases of people with the Group N strain outside of Africa has me extermely worried. Please clarify. Are there cases of people in the United States or Europe carrying the group N strain?

Response from Dr. Henry

I am aware of just several cases of type 0 HIV found in African patients who have immigrated to North America but am unware of any type N HIV in North America (reported from Cameroon from what I recall). KH

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