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SARS-CoV-2 can mutate in HIV patients

MedExpress Team


Published Feb. 2, 2022 10:14

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What happens in the body of a human being simultaneously infected with HIV and SARS-CoV-2? A study by South African scientists shows that Covid-19 can mutate rapidly in people whose immune systems are weakened by HIV infection.

This information is confirmed by the history of a 22-year-old female patient from South Africa. A woman with uncontrolled advanced HIV infection was continuously exposed to the beta variant SARS-CoV-2 for nine months. When she stopped HIV treatment, the virus had accumulated over 20 additional COVID-19 mutations in her body. However, thanks to antiretroviral therapy for H...

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