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Covid-Infected HIV Patient Developed Mutations, Study Shows

  • Study adds to evidence that prolonged cases may cause variants
  • South Africa has world’s highest number of HIV sufferers
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A South African woman suffering from inadequately treated HIV, and who harbored Covid-19 for nine months saw the respiratory virus develop at least 21 mutations while in her body, according to a study.

Once the 22-year-old adhered to the anti-retroviral medication used to treat HIV and her immune system strengthened she was able to overcome the Covid-19 infection within six to nine weeks, the study, led by scientists from Stellenbosch and the University of KwaZulu-Natal showed. The research has not been peer reviewed.