City health department warns of new deadly strain of HIV
The city health commissioner is warning Bronx and city residents to be careful after a man tested positive for multi-drug-resistant HIV.
It's the first case diagnosed in New York in a person who never before was treated for the disease. The health commissioner says the man is in his 40s and has a rare strain of HIV, which is difficult or impossible to treat. He said it could also rapidly progress into AIDS.
Officials say gay men are at high risk as well as African-Americans and Latinos, who make up 80 percent of the HIV positive community.
The detection of this strain of HIV is so new doctors still aren't entirely sure what to look for or how widespread it may be. What they do know is that it can kill within months.