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      #166676 - 12/09/05 04:02 PM

Recently faith123 asked about subtypes, and some others have expressed concerns about infection with obscure subtypes and whether tests could detect them. I found this on AIDSMeds, which may answer some of those questions.
Do I have to be concerned about subtypes of HIV?

Thus far, 11 distinct subtypes, also known as "clades" or "genotypes," have been recognized of HIV-1. More than 96% of the HIV-1 infections in the United States and Europe are caused by subtype B. Subtypes B and F predominate in South America and Asia. Subtypes A through H of HIV-1 are found in Africa, along with HIV-2 in sub-Saharan Africa.

The ELISA/Western blot tests can detect antibodies to all HIV-1 subtypes. Viral load tests can also detect and quantify subtypes of HIV-1. The viral load tests can also detect and quantify HIV-2.

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      #166677 - 12/09/05 04:04 PM

Thank you Steve for taking your time to research that for us. You really are a kind soul!

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