HIV tests finds rare HIV group N virus

French doctors fear the rare “group N” strain of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has spread outside of Cameroon, where it was first diagnosed in 1998, after blood samples taken from a man admitted to Saint Louis Hospital Paris in January reacted positively to HIV tests for the strain. The 57-year-old presented with a rash, fever, swollen lymph glands and genital ulceration, and on January 9, developed facial paralysis. Initial HIV tests detected high levels of a virus in the HIV-1 family, with additional HIV tests finding the blood samples reacted to an antibody essay of the group N strain. When doctors traced the man’s sexual history they concluded he more than likely became infected with the HIV-1 group N … Continue reading