Characteristics of HIV-1 Molecular Epidemiology in Suzhou, China, from 2009 to 2014
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Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) remain major public health problems in China, where approximately 780,000 people currently live with HIV, according to the 2012 China AIDS Response Progress Report. Suzhou was an early epidemic region in Jiangsu province and the current situation of HIV-1 prevalence is complicated. In the late 1980s, a labor force returning to Suzhou from Asia and Africa contributed to an early HIV-1 epidemic in the region. The first case of HIV-1 in Suzhou was identified by a sexually transmitted disease clinic in 1992 (Xia et al.1993). Suzhou later attracted migrant populations, complicating the HIV-1 subtypes circulating in the region. In 1998, an immigrant from Xinjiang province was diagnosed as the first case of HIV-1 acquired by intravenous injection in Suzhou (Shao et al.1999a). According to HIV epidemic surveillance data collected in Jiangsu province since 2011, Suzhou is now one of five cities in...
We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the HIV-1 patients who participated in this study and also wish to thank the staff of the local CDC for recruiting participants, collecting samples, and technical assistance. This work was supported by grants from the Open Research Fund Program of the State Key Laboratory of Virology of China (2017IOV003), the Health Department of Jiangsu Province (Y2013062), and Suzhou Science Technology Bureau (SYS201452) and in part by grants from the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (81101257) and the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (H201355).
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