BOSTON, November 28, 2002 ( – Evidence has shown that people infected with the AIDS virus can be infected with another strain of the virus, greatly complicating their problems.  For the third reported time this year an AIDS patient has come down with a second strain of the disease causing what experts call “superinfection.”  Bruce D. Walker, a researcher at Harvard Medical School explained that doctors long believed that AIDS patients could only be affected by one strain of the disease.  Speaking of superinfection Walker said, “we now know that this can happen, even when the two strains are very similar.” The experts caution that while some patients might be fortunate enough to have a strain which responds to drug treatment, superinfection brings another strain which might be drug resistant.  The doctors warned that those who are already infected with the virus must still refrain from risky sex as they remain vulnerable to contracting another strain of the virus.  See the Reuters coverage:


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