In the United States, fear of HIV has recently faded as treatments and awareness have caused some complacency with the disease. But a new, more virulent strain seems to be upsetting that complacency, and the source of this stronger version of the deadly virus is Cuba, the very nation that Obama wants opened up to American tourism.The Centers for Disease Control says that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV and that the disease has never become any less of a worry than it was at the height of the fear it caused in the 1980s and 90s. In fact, the CDC says that HIV is still at epidemic levels.
Over 600,000 Americans have died of AIDS since it was first diagnosed in the 1980s.
Still, many treatments and advances in science have helped millions live longer with the disease.
But new worries about HIV are growing among researchers concerned over the strain found in Cuba. In a new study published in the journal EBioMedicine, researchers report that the new strain could be “far more lethal to patients in the West” than previous strains.
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