A shocking case has come to light in South Africa. Here a 36-year-old HIV-positive woman was infected with the virus for 216 days and during this time there were 30 mutations in the virus. The virus’s spike protein had 13 mutations. Most vaccines affect the virus only by recognizing the spike protein. Not only this, the 19-time mutation affected it differently. It is not yet clear whether these mutations have been transmitted from the woman to someone else. The study appeared Thursday in the pre-print journal medRxiv. In a conversation with the Los Angeles Times, study author Tulio Di Oliveira has told that if more such cases are found, then it will be feared that HIV infection may be the source of the new variant. In such patients, the virus remains for a long time, giving it a chance to mutate. He told that no one might even know about this case because after the initial treatment of the woman, there were only mild symptoms while the virus was present inside her.
Case found in study on HIV positive people
This particular case came to light when the woman was involved in a study conducted on 300 HIV positive people. It was also found that four more people had the corona virus for more than a month. Before this, only one case has come where the virus has been seen in HIV positive person for a long time. In people with a weakened immune system, such as kidney transplant patients, the virus has been observed for a long time in the past. This research can prove to be important in many ways. Especially for Africa where more than 20 million people had HIV in 2020. On Friday, the WHO warned on the increasing cases of Kovid that the danger of a third wave is visible here.
[Attribution to NBT]