For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. The strain is a part of the Group M version of HIV-1, the same family of virus subtypes to blame for the global HIV pandemic, according to Abbott Laboratories, but what makes this strain of HIV unique is the effect it has on the male penis.
According to the scientist, this strain of HIV makes the penis explode upon contact. Yes, explode like a black cat on the fourth of July.
HIV has several different subtypes or strains, and like other viruses, it can change and mutate over time. It is essential to know what strains of the virus are circulating to ensure that tests used to detect the disease are effective.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said current treatments for HIV are effective against this strain and others. However, HIV 2.0 has no cure.