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Commentary & Opinion
Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report Summarizes Opinion Pieces in Response to Detection of Rare, Drug-Resistant HIV Strain

February 28, 2005

Officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on Feb. 11 announced they had detected in a local man a rare strain of HIV that is resistant to most antiretroviral drugs and possibly causes a rapid onset of AIDS. The city health department issued an alert to physicians, hospitals and medical providers asking them to test all HIV-positive patients for evidence of the strain. This combination of highly drug-resistant HIV and rapid progression to AIDS had not been identified before (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 2/25). Several newspapers have published editorials and opinion pieces discussing the announcement. Some of them are summarized below.


Opinion Pieces

NPR's "All Things Considered" on Friday reported on the rare HIV strain. The segment includes comments from Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center -- where the patient was diagnosed in December 2004, and Paul Volberding, director of the Center for AIDS Research at the University of California-San Francisco (Knox, "All Things Considered," NPR, 2/25). The complete segment is available online in RealPlayer.

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