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How Many Variations Of HIV Are There

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HIV variants

Are HIV variants something that the FDA is concerned about? In other words, are they concerned about upgrading the current tests to catch variant strains like for eg. HIV group o? And is this something that the blood banks keep an eye on?
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Yes and new tests are due to be approved soon.MH Read more »

Undetectable Type O HIV Variant

I recently heard a report that a woman from Africa in the United States developed Aids, but tested negative on the usual antibody test. Subsequently, other tests revealedthat she had a variant strain of HIV known as Type O. If many individuals can...
Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Response from Cal Cohen, M.D., M.S.

Harvard Medical School
...There are multiple subtypes of HIV-1, which are designated A through H, M, and O, based on genetic differences. The subtypes differ geographically, and these differences Read more »

Diagnosis and treatment of mutated and evolved variants of HIV

Can HIV mutate into a strain, subtype etc. that is so different from previous subtypes, that it could elude diagnostic tests in the US...if all HIV antibodies are the same regardlessof genetic composition on the hIV virus that infected someone, why...
Renslow Sherer, M.D.

Response from Renslow Sherer, M.D.

University of Chicago Hospitals
...HIV is mutating into new strains every day. Remarkably, rather than forming new sub-types, the most common new forms are called Read more »

Small fat deposits

I have been HIV+ for about 17 years and have been on meds for about 12 years. T's are around 500 and viral load is undetechable. My question is about fat deposits. For the last several years I have been getting small fat deposits, the size of...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...and may partially have a genetic component (anyone else in your family note that problem?). The frequency may be increased in HIV + persons with certain HIV drugs more linked to fat distribution abnormalities. To my knowledge no single HIV drug... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Genetic Variations Might Be Causing Mutations to HIV, Making It Less Potent, Study Says

...force HIV to tolerate mutations that damage its ability to reproduce," according to Carolyn Williamson of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa and colleagues. The weakened virus also means lower viral loads and slower... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Genetic Variation Responsible for HIV Resistance Not Caused by Black Plague, Study Says

...Some people with a genetic variation in the CCR5 receptors of their immune cells are resistant to HIV, but a theory that the mutation was caused 800 years ago by selective pressure from the Black Plague appears to be unfounded, Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Genetic Variations Might Help HIV-Positive People Control Viral Loads, Study Says

...Science , the San Francisco Chronicle reports. For the study, a group of international researchers from the Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology , led by David Goldstein of Duke University , pooled information about 486 HIV-positive... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CCR5 Genetic Variation Responsible for Resistance to HIV Might Decrease Resistance to West Nile Virus, Study Says

... People living with a genetic variation in the CCR5 receptors of their immune cells -- which has shown resistance to HIV -- might have an increased risk of contracting West Nile virus, according to a study published in the Jan. 17 online edition Read more »
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HIV Variants and testing

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...for subtype/ Also read something from a few posts back that said false negatives could come from someone infected with a HIV variant such as a non-b subtype. I thought Elisas detect all subtypes of HIV-1. Does it or not?? If so why do we need... Read more »

Variation in symptoms

Posted by Alloha, 1 Reply
...I notice that if you google hiv symtoms the sites you get seem to offer one of two v.similar lists both of which presumablly originate from another original Read more »

False negative tests...

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
... I had an encounter with a woman who's HIV status I haven't been able to find out because a couple of months after our encounter she skipped town and her family say they Read more »

ARS timing

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...happened as soon as 5 days and as late as like 12 weeks. I'm just wondering what causes such it the mode of hiv infection?? Like are people who get it from needlestick injuries more likely to have ARS symptoms later? Or does it... Read more »