Yes! Another incredible Revolutionary accomplishment worthy of inclusion in the Guiness Book of World Records!
Let’s see how much coverage this piece of news gets, especially in light of the upcoming avalanche of American tourists that will soon descend on the tropical island paradise.
Forget dengue, forget cholera, forget chikungunya, forget all those diseases that the Castro medical system hasn’t been able to deal with.
This is a big one: a new and virulent strain of the HIV virus, deadlier than any ever seen until now.
Yes. Remarkable. Colossal. And, please, say nothing about that serious shortage of condoms in the Castro paradise.
Shh. Quiet. This might affect the tourist industry negatively, and strip Cuba of its ranking on the list of top sex-slave markets.
Uh, oh…. get ready for this story to be totally ignored.
An aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba
Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into a new variant of the virus. One such recombinant variant observed in patients in Cuba appears to be much more aggressive than other known forms of HIV. Patients progress to AIDS within three years of infection – so rapidly that they may not even realise they were infected.
Before it can enter human cells, HIV must first anchor itself to them. The virus does this via anchor points, or co-receptors, which are proteins on the cell membrane. In a normal infection, the virus first uses the anchor point CCR5. In many patients, after a number of healthy years, the virus then switches to the anchor point CXCR4. This co-receptor switch coincides with a faster progression to AIDS.
Writing in the journal EBioMedicine, researchers at KU Leuven’s Laboratory for Clinical and Epidemiological Virology now report a recombinant form of HIV observed in patients in Cuba that makes this transition much faster. The virus targets the anchor point CXCR4 early after infection, shortening drastically the healthy phase and triggering rapid progression to AIDS….
…The unexpectedly rapid progression of this HIV variant increases the risk that patients become very ill before ever realising that they are infected.
For the whole story, including medical/scientific details, go HERE.