Genetic analysis of HIV type 2 from Ghana and Guinea-Bissau, West Africa

Koichi Ishikawa, Wouter Janssens, Jacob S. Banor, Teiichiro Shinno, João Piedade, Tetsutaro Sata, William K. Ampofo, James A.M. Brandful, Yoshio Koyanagi, Naoki Yamamoto, Wanda F. Canas-Ferreira, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Takeshi Kurata

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The phylogenetic variability of part of the long terminal repeat (LTR) region of HIV-2 strains isolated in 1995 from five individuals residing in Bissau, the capital city of Guinea-Bissau, and collected from seven persons from Kumasi, Ghana in 1996-1997, was analyzed. All Guinean samples and all but one Ghanaian sample clustered with HIV-2 subtype A. One Ghanaian sample (14%) was classified as HIV-2 subtype B. This study adds to previous reports on HIV-2 subtype distribution in West Africa indicating local prevalence of HIV-2 subtype B in Ivory Coast and neighboring Ghana.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1661-1663
Number of pages3
JournalAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2001


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