Sunday, February 04, 2007

New HIV threat found in Seattle

I became a bit familiar with HIV many years ago when I was a food stamp caseworker at a Social Services Department. My caseload numbered more than five hundred benefit recipients including a number of homeless individuals and three who had HIV.

Back then, acquiring the HIV virus seemed to be a virtual death sentence, particularly for individuals who were relegated to the margins of society. In recent years, that situation seems to have changed for the better. With access to medical care and the right medications, the likelihood of HIV progressing to AIDS has diminished. However, the power of a virus lies in its ability to mutate and so could that situation be changing?

The following link leads to an article about a new HIV variant discovered in Seattle which seems more resistant to current medications

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