Scientists Developing HIV/AIDS Vaccine That Targets Three Virus Strains Spreading in China, Other Countries
January 23, 2008
Researchers are developing an HIV/AIDS vaccine that targets three strains of the virus spreading through parts of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Reuters reports. According to Reuters, two closely related HIV strains are spreading primarily through injection drug use in China's southwestern Yunnan province, the northwestern Xinjiang province and the southern Guangdong province. A third strain spread primarily through heterosexual sex has been found in Yunnan and the southern Guangxi province, according to Chen Zhiwei of Hong Kong's newly created AIDS Institute. Chen added that researchers have been employing gene sequencing to track the evolution of HIV strains in China, as well as their geographic spread.
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