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Simple question
      #49726 - 12/17/02 09:09 PM

What does hiv stand for?



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Re: Simple question new
      #49783 - 12/17/02 09:09 PM

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is the virus that leads to AIDS. HIV belongs to a subset of retroviruses called lentiviruses (or slow viruses), which means that there is an interval -- sometimes years -- between the initial infection and the onset of symptoms.

When the virus enters the body, HIV begins to disable the body's immune system by using the body's aggressive immune responses to the virus to infect, replicate and kill immune system cells. Gradual deterioration of immune function and eventual destruction of lymphoid and immunologic organs is central to triggering the immunosuppression that leads to AIDS.




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