First HIV-2 Infection of a Japanese Confirmed
September 5, 2006
Japan's Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has notified prefectures, hospitals and health centers to be aware of the possible spread of HIV-2 following the first such case report involving a Japanese man. The ministry, which received the report last week, said it believes the man acquired HIV-2 in West Africa. A ministry official said routine preliminary HIV testing detects both HIV-1 and HIV-2, but called for medical facilities to maintain vigilance for HIV-2 in Japan.