No wor­ries over new HIV strain

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

SCI­EN­TISTS have dis­cov­ered a new sub­type of HIV — but an Aus­tralian ex­pert says there is no cause for alarm.

The sub­type of the virus was dis­cov­ered in 2001, but new DNA se­quenc­ing tech­nol­ogy helped sci­en­tists con­firm the new strain.

Philip Cun­ning­ham from the NSW State Ref­er­ence Lab for HIV said sci­en­tists will now need to check if their tests are pick­ing up the virus.

But Mr Cun­ning­ham said: “I don’t think there’s any cause for alarm around the safety of the blood sup­ply”.

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