For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Abbott Laboratories conducted a study with the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and concluded that the new strain is part of the M group version of HIV-1, the family of viral sub types that cause the global HIV pandemic.
Researchers argue that there is no cause for concern, modern treatment methods are effective against the new strain. However, identifying a new strain provides a more complete map of how HIV develops and will allow the development of more accurate HIV diagnostic methods.
According to the World Health Organization, about 36.7 million people worldwide are living with HIV. Over the entire observation period, about 70 million HIV / AIDS patients were registered, 35 million of them died. By the end of 2018, there were 1,007,369 HIV-infected people in Russia (1.2 percent of the country’s adult population).