Identification of a highly divergent HIV type 2 and proposal for a change in HIV type 2 classification.

@article{Damond2004IdentificationOA,
  title={Identification of a highly divergent HIV type 2 and proposal for a change in HIV type 2 classification.},
  author={Florence Damond and Michael Worobey and Pauline Campa and Isabelle Farfara and Gilles Colin and Sophie Matheron and Françoise Brun-V{\'e}zinet and David L. Robertson and François Simon},
  journal={AIDS research and human retroviruses},
  year={2004},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={666-72}
}
We report the complete genome sequence of a highly divergent strain of human immunodeficiency virus type 2 (HIV-2), 96FR12034, identified in France from a patient of West African origin. This lineage, H, represents only the third definitive instance of a monkey-to-human transfer of SIVsm that has given rise to pathogenic HIV-2. As the different "subtypes" of HIV-2 are analogous to the different groups of HIV-1 we propose that HIV-2 subtypes henceforth by renamed groups in agreement with the HIV… CONTINUE READING