Was higher viral load responsible for the African HIV epidemic?

by Gus Cairns
NAM Publications, 12 February 2013

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The HIV epidemic has carved contrasting trajectories around the world with sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) being most affected. Researchers from Cornell University in New York hypothesized that mean HIV-1 plasma RNA viral loads (VL) are higher in SSA than other areas, and that these elevated levels may contribute to the scale of epidemics in this region.

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