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Hiv O Strain

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hiv-O prevalence in the USA

Dear Dr Pierone,I was interested in last months information on PI based treatment for O strain hiv. I noted that O strain patients went from a "low" number to "1500" reported. How many are present here in the states that are accounted for?? Does it...
Gerald Pierone, M.D.

Response from Gerald Pierone, M.D.

AIDS Research and Treatment Center of the Treasure Coast
...Group O HIV is extremely uncommon in the United States, well under 1 percent. Group O is transmitted in the same manner as Group M (predominant Read more »



Hiv 2 & Rare Strains

Is Hiv 2, and "o" and "n" strains still rare in the U.S.? Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test That Screens Blood, Tissue Donations For Less Common Strains

...Search the Newsroom archive Reprinted with permission from . You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report , search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at . The ... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test From Roche

...Dec. 29, federal regulators announced they have approved a Roche human plasma test for HIV, including HIV-2 and HIV-1 Group O strains. The latter strains are mainly found in patients from Africa, but the Food and Drug Administration said cases... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Simian Viral Strain Most Similar to HIV Found in Wild Gorilla Populations, Study Says

...according to lead author Martine Peeters, a virologist at Universite Montpellier . Of the three known HIV-1 strains -- M, N and O -- M and N have been traced to apes in Africa infected with simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV. But the origin... Read more »
U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Evidence That HIV Causes AIDS

... Background The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus Read more »
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strains M and O

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I was reading some "Ask the Experts" archives and found a question about strains M and O.... in which the expert recommended special testing for. I googled it and found a case of a woman back in the mid 90's Read more »

PCR not detecting all strains of HIV?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply, I'm still concerned, because I have read that all commercially available PCR-kits are just looking for the common HIV-1 strains, and are neither able to detect HIV-1-subtype-O nor HIV-2! Because of that, I am wondering why so many posters... Read more »

Another strain of HIV1

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...swollen glands, but my antibody tests still negative and I could not get in to HIV specity clinic. I'm sure it is one of the strains that current HIV1 antibodies test can not pick up...Anyone have experienced with this kind of confusion, please... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...listen to you. Its your body. Its your health. And if your doctor doesnt like it. go get another one. There were like 3 new strains of the flu last year, and my annual shot protected me for none of them. Why think HIV mutates any differently? Read more »