In small study, aggressive HIV strain identified in Cuba

February 15, 2015 2:41 AM

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A strain of HIV that progresses to full-blown AIDS within three years if left untreated has become “epidemic” among newly infected patients in Cuba who reported having unprotected sex with multiple partners, according to a study published this week by international researchers working with patients and doctors on the Caribbean island nation.

The strain of human immunodeficiency virus — a combination of three subtypes of the virus — progresses so fast, researchers at Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven said they worry that patients infected with the mutated virus may not seek antiretroviral therapy until it’s too late.

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