We’re discussing a new strain of HIV because if not treated properly, HIV can lead to AIDS, which can be deadly. This new strain that scientists are discussing has actually been around for quite some time but was undetectable by the technology available at the time. This new strain is in the same family of viruses that caused a global outbreak in the 1980s.
But don’t worry, there is no need to panic for two reasons. Number one is that this strain is not expected to spread since a small number of people are infected. And number two is that it will likely respond to the current treatments that exist for HIV.
What are the Treatment Options for HIV?
Well, the first thing to know is that there is no cure. But, we have seen many advances in HIV treatment over the past 30 years. Providers typically take a combination approach using multiple drugs to control HIV as well as lower the chances it will become resistant in the future. These treatments are proving effective so people with HIV are living long and active lives.
How Many People Are Currently Infected With HIV?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly 37 million people have HIV around the world. Here in the United States, it is believed that of the people living with HIV, around 14% don’t even know they are infected with the disease. So it’s really important to get screened, especially if you’re at high risk of getting infected.