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Hiv 2 & Rare Strains
Feb 18, 2007

Is Hiv 2, and "o" and "n" strains still rare in the U.S.?

Response from Dr. Conway

These strains are still rare. They are still only transmitted by direct contact with someone from an area where they are more common, such as West Africa. Fortunately, they are picked up by the current generation of HIV antibody screening tests used in North America. There are very rare exceptions to this that need to be considered on an individual basis.

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