World Aids Day is Sunday December 1st, and for the first time in nineteen years a new type of HIV has been discovered.

The study was published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes last week.

According to the New York Times, researchers with Abbott Laboratories, and the University of Missouri, Kansas City, has called the strain Subtype L of the HIV-1 Group which is in the same family of subtypes that causes the disease.

Dr. Anthony Fauci who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that the average patient shouldn't be worried about this news,

There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit.  Not a lot of people are infected with this. This is an outlier.

Around thirty eight million people around the world are living with HIV per the World Health Organization and new cases of people being infected by the disease have fallen more than thirty seven percent in almost two decades.

To find a HIV testing location in Texas you can check out the Texas Department of State Health Services by clicking here.