A new strain of HIV (Human Imunodeficiency Virus) detected in Cuba can mutate into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) after only three years.

Medical experience with HIV shows this collection of diseases normally transforms into HIV anywhere from six to 10 years without proper treatment. The Cuban HIV can accelerate this transformation into AIDS much faster, hence the concern among the medical community.

According to researchers from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, this strain of HIV progresses so rapidly that those infected by the mutation won’t have time to seek antiretroviral treatment until it becomes full blown AIDS.

AIDS researchers from the U.S. are alarmed by this new finding since the mutated HIV viruses are harder to detect and diagnose. The strain can even become resistant to therapy and can prove challenging to the development of a proper vaccine to counter it.

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