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Statement by New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden on Rare Strain of HIV in a New York City Resident

February 24, 2005

On February 11, 2005, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) reported a case of HIV infection with a strain that is resistant to many drugs in three classes of HIV medications, and which appears to have progressed to AIDS within 4 to 20 months after infection. We continue to move forward in our investigation to identify the source and potential spread of this strain.

Since the announcement of this case, the DOHMH has been working to identify sexual partners, and urge them to be tested. We have also been working with laboratories performing genotyping and phenotyping tests to identify potential matches between this patient's strain and others and to identify potential links in our investigation.

As we said on the day we made this announcement, we do not yet know whether this patient's combination of drug resistance and rapid progression of HIV to AIDS is an isolated event or is more widespread. As we also said on that day, we do not know what the clinical course will be for the affected patient.

Several things are known:

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