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Does american HIV differ from central european HIV???? I mean can you catch it more easily???
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NO.
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were do you get these questions from, there are different strains of hiv and 2 types of hiv (hiv+1 and hiv+2) hiv+1 is the more common type which is normally found in people from europe and america whereas hiv+2 usually effects the african community! but is possible for a non african to have this type but is very rare
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Wrong. HIV1 is the most prevelent HIV type in Africa.
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hate to be that guy but postive thinker was right hiv-1 is most prevelent type period but hiv-2 is common is africa
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiv
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This question has nothing to do with Africa. The question was about American vs. Central European HIV types. I suppose you misread it but for the record, Africa and Europe are the names of two different continents.

Here's a map of HIV-1 types:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HIV-1_subtype_prevalence_in_2002.png

As can be seen almost all HIV in North America is subtype N. Europe is also largely dominated by subtype N too but with a slight bit of other types in there. The same is true of South America which has a bit of subtype C in there too.

Full article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subtypes_of_HIV
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No it isn't N, it's M. Guys find a better source to get your information try looking at the disclaimer on wikipedia. Any joe blow can post anything to wikipedia.
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hiv-2 is common in west africa and not africa , south-africa is hiv-1 common ...
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This isn't a fault on the part of Wikipeda - I screwed up and wrote N instead of B. The map is correct.
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You are confusing Groups and subtypes. M,N,O,P are groups and under M there are A,B,C,D,F,G,H,J,K and CFRs subtypes.
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Yes you are right. I wrote subtype N instead of B. And as you state, B is a subtype of group M (group N is extremely rare according to the article - just 10 cases as of 2006).
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N and P groups are found in soutwestern africa. There is only one person at this time infected with group P.
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