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Scientists Identify New, More Deadly Strain of AIDS

ABC News reports that Swedish scientists have identified a new strain of HIV that may be more harmful than existing strains. The findings, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, detail the discovery of A3/O2, a recombinant HIV strain known to progress to AIDS in about five years. This rate is about two to two-and-a-half times faster than currently known strains’ rates. Though A3/O2 is currently thought to be localized to West Africa, “experts fear that recombinants are becoming more common and could start to spread globally.” The results are especially frightening due to new data published by the CDC stating that since 2005 the number of gay men having unprotected sex has increased by 48%.

Read the article published by ABC News.

Read the study in Journal of Infectious Diseases.