New strain of HIV virus discovered, the first in almost two decades

A posed photo of someone using a do-it-yourself kit that tests for the human immunodeficiency virus.
A posed photo of someone using a do-it-yourself kit that tests for the human immunodeficiency virus. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A new strain of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been discovered by researchers in the United States, the first in almost two decades.

The discovery comes after guidelines for what counts as a new subtype of the HIV pathogen were revised in 2000.

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