World-Aids-Day-2013 copyAn estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

A newly discovered HIV strain has been identified that leads to significantly faster development of AIDS than current prevalent forms. Read: “Faster Progression to AIDS and AIDS-Related Death Among Seroincident Individuals Infected With Recombinant HIV-1 A3/CRF02_AG Compared With Sub-subtype A3” in the Journal of Infectious Disease. The recombinant studied is called A3/02 and is a cross between the two most common strains in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa – 02AG and A3. The research is based on a unique long-term follow-up of HIV-infected individuals in Guinea-Bissau, a project run by Lund University.