(WVUE) - Scientists have identified a new aggressive strain of HIV that is capable of transforming from infection to full-blown AIDS in less than three years.
An international team of researchers discovered a growing number of reports of people in Cuba suffering a rapid progression to AIDS. They studied 73 patients who tested negative for HIV within three years, but who had recently contracted the virus.
All the patients infected with the new strain, known as CRF-19, progressed to full-blown AIDS within three years of diagnosis, and none of them received any treatment before progressing to AIDS.
Study authors advise people who are susceptible to be treated often, and if an HIV diagnosis comes back, to start treatment early.
Findings appear in the journal "Ebiomedicine."