New highly virulent HIV variant discovered

A highly virulent variant of HIV-1 circulating in the Netherlands

This new variant has been labeled VB by epidemiologist Chris Wymant and his research team

The new strain increases viral particles in the blood up to five times

The strain was detected in 109 individuals living in The Netherlands, of which 82% were men

The HIV VB variant contains 500 mutations in comparison to the original virus

The good news is that current treatments such as PrEP can effectively fight this new strain

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