Novel HIV-2 infection may have resulted from animal-to-human transfer

03/8/2012 | Aidsmap

In research presented this week at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, scientists said they have identified a subtype of HIV-2, a virus separate from HIV-1 and usually not pathogenic, in an 8-year-old boy in Ivory Coast. This HIV-2 subtype has not been identified before in humans and is similar to those found in the local monkey population. Scientists noted that, in this region, conditions still promote transfer of recombinant viruses from animals to people.

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