December #30 : The Odd Couple - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One



Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

Bear Essentials

Brace Yourself

All That Jazz

Respect Your Elders!

Bill of Health

Nunz With Attitude

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Don't Mess With Mama

All Yesterday's Parties

The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 1997

The Odd Couple

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

Varieties of virus vex experts

Two rare HIV strains were snared recently during routine testing in Maryland, news that raised goosebumps in summer headlines but that the FDA dismissed as "no cause for alarm." The strains-Group M (subtype G) and Group O-showed up in the blood of two hetero women believed to have gotten the virus in Africa. Because Group M is common-99 percent of Americans with HIV are infected with M (subtype B)-G is likely to be prey to available tests and treatments. But O is trickier: Liza Solomon, director of the Maryland State AIDS Administration, said O viral load measurements may be ambiguous; and Patrick Sullivan, a CDC epidemiologist, echoed these concerns. "The tests screening subtype B approach 100 percent accuracy. That falls to about 80 percent with Group O." He added that nukes such as AZT may be less effective against O. The FDA has urged the CDC and HIV-test-kit makers to "find ways to improve detection of O," said Sullivan. The feds temporarily restricted blood donations from people born in O-identified parts of Africa. Several hundred cases of each oddball strain have been reported worldwide.

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