New HIV Super Strain in Netherlands: Scientists have discovered a new super mutant HIV strain. A new super-mutant HIV strain has been detected in the Netherlands that makes infected individuals sick twice as fast as existing variants of the virus. According to a study by Oxford University, this new super mutant is called VB variant. The VB variant has infected at least 109 people. According to the study, Super Mutant HIV Strain causes a lot of damage to the human immune system.
HIV super strain found in Netherlands
The VB variant significantly weakens a person’s ability to fight infection and disease as compared to the previous variants of the virus. This means that people who are infected with this strain may develop AIDS more rapidly. The viral load in the VB variant is also 3.5 to 5.5 times higher than that of the existing strain. This means that infected people are more likely to transmit the virus to other people. However, after starting treatment, it has a similar immune system recovery and survival rate compared to people infected with other HIV strains.
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Health drops rapidly when infected with VB variant
At the same time, researchers have warned that after being infected with the VB variant, there may be a rapid decline in health. Therefore, it is very important to detect and start treatment as soon as possible. Britons are advised to get tested for HIV at least once a year. It is believed that more than 1 million Britons and 1 million Americans are living with HIV infection.
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