Mar 15, 2002
Dr. Bob: Hi. Is HIV considered a "flu-like virus?" Thanks, Mona
Response from Dr. Frascino
Well no, not exactly. HIV can give you "flu-like" symptoms, particularly during an acute seroconversion reaction. However, HIV is a lentivirus (a virus that acts slowly) and a retrovirus [a virus that sends genetic information in a reverse (retro) direction - from RNA to DNA]. Flu is caused by an influenza virus, which is a whole different category of viruses.
Hope that clarifies things a bit.
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