HIV Becoming Less Deadly

Dec 3, 2014
Flickr user / NIAID "HIV-infected T cell" (CC BY 2.0)

HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious. 

That’s according to a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study found the virus is taking increasingly longer to become AIDS.

Findings suggest treatment drugs forced HIV to evolve into milder forms. Researchers say the virus may eventually become almost harmless. 


Illinois has seen a decrease in the rate of new HIV infections, the virus that causes AIDS. But other sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise. Illinois Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck says there are plenty of reasons to be concerned, particularly about other types of STDs.