Gene Variant In Africans Makes Them Vulnerable To HIV Infection

July 17, 2008

An international team of researchers hash found that African people have a gene variant, making them more vulnerable to HIV infection..Boston (ChattahBox) – An international team of researchers hash found that African people have a gene variant, making them more vulnerable to HIV infection.

It has been the hope of researchers for quite some time now to see why more Africans than any other race contract HIV.

This new study, led by Dr. Sunil Ahuja, professor of infectious diseases from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, sheds light on that.

A gene variant was found in 60% of African Americans, and 90% of Africans, which makes them more vulnerable to HIV infection.

The increased vulnerability was said to make then 40% more vulnerable.

Researchers have concluded that 11% of the 25 million HIV infection cases in Sub-Saharan Africa were caused by this gene variant.

The study is set to be published in the Cell Host & Microbe.


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