New, Aggressive HIV Strain Develops Into AIDS Faster

So far it's only seen in West Africa, but could spread quickly
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Nov 30, 2013 8:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Researchers have found an aggressive new strain of HIV in West Africa they say develops into AIDS much faster than other strains. According to a new study from Sweden's Lund University, the strain is a "recombinant" virus, or a combination of two different viruses that join together in the body to create a completely new virus. This particular strain reportedly combines the two most common HIV strains in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. And it's pretty strong: Scientists say the new strain can develop into AIDS in just five years. That's up to two-and-a-half years faster than either of its parent strains. So far, the strain has only been seen in Guinea-Bissau, but researchers warn it could spread quickly.

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