A team of scientists associated with Abbott Laboratories and the University of Missouri, Kansas City, have discovered a new strain of HIV that is part of the virus subtypes that are to blame for the global HIV pandemic, according to CNN. The scientists published their findings in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and were recognized by medical experts as finding the strain for the first time in 19 years.
“There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit,” stated Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Not a lot of people are infected with this. This is an outlier,” Fauci continued. The scientists are not certain about how the new virus might impact the body any differently from the original HIV virus. Additionally, they believe that this new virus can be treated with the same HIV treatments used for a variety of other strains.