Highly resistant form of HIV is transferable

July 01, 1998|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

GENEVA -- Scientists have for the first time found that strains of the AIDS virus resistant to protease inhibitors and other widely used AIDS drugs can be transmitted from one person to another, it was reported yesterday at the 12th World AIDS Conference.

Although only two individuals with such multiple-resistant HIV have been identified so far, they have startled many because they are the first involving transmission of strains of HIV resistant to protease inhibitors, which sparked a revolution in treatment two years ago.

Scientists did not believe that such highly mutated viruses were capable of passing from person to person. The finding that they are indeed capable of doing so has potential implications for people who may become infected in the future, experts said.

Pub Date: 7/01/98

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