New Strain Of Antiviral
Resistant HIV Found

TETERBORO, N.J. (Reuters) - Quest Diagnostics Inc., a provider of gene-based medical testing, information and services, said on Tuesday that it and the Center for AIDS Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found strain of HIV-1 that is resistant to antiviral drugs.
The strain has reduced susceptibility to reverse transcriptase inhibitors, a class of antiviral drugs, Quest said.
Identification of this new mutation gives physicians additional information that allows them to better target effective treatment of HIV-1 in their patients, Quest said.
The findings, which were published in the November Journal of Virology, are being used by Quest to report laboratory results for its HIV-1 genotyping test, the company said.

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