Rare drug-resistant HIV found in NYC

Talk about scary ....

Sat Feb 12, 6:34 AM

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - City health officials are working to track down sex partners of a man diagnosed with a rare strain of highly drug-resistant HIV that progressed rapidly to AIDS."
The virus was found in a man in his mid-40s who had unprotected sex with other men, often while using crystal methamphetamine, an addictive stimulant, health officials said Friday.

"We are not aware of another case like this in the United States, or elsewhere," said Dr. Ron Valdiserri, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention.

Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said the rare HIV strain is "difficult or impossible to treat."


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