A new type of HIV has been discovered by researchers at Abbott Diagnostics and the University of Missouri — Kansas City, according to recent research published in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

The new strain, HIV-1 Group M, subtype L, was actually collected in 2001 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Two other strains, collected in 1983 and 1990, were also initially labeled as Group M, subtype L, but a third case was needed to officially confirm the L subtype, researchers said. The sample confirms that the HIV-1 Group M, L subtype was active in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as late as 2001 and could still be transmitted in the area, although researchers believe the prevalence of this subtype is small.

Jeff Craven/ alert contributor – March 12, 2020