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Hiv Mutation

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HIV Mutation

At what point in the HIV life cycle does the mutation occur? Does the mutation occur before the HIV reaches the nucleous or after?
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
...convert it's RNA gene into a DNA gene. This is done by a protein that the virus carries with it called Reverse Transcriptase. Mutations occur when Reverse Transcriptase converts the gene from RNA to DNA. This happens in the cytoplasm, before... Read more »

HIV develops escape mutations to evade immune system

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Innate Immunity for HIV?? (DELTA 32 MUTATION, 2011)

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The Body

HIV Mutations

...three. Some are pink and some have spots. The bugs that are different are called "mutants." The changes are called "mutations." HIV mutations occur naturally all the time in everyone with HIV, whether or not they are taking medications. If you... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV's Mutations to Avoid Immune Defenses Can Be Passed to Wider Population, Study Says

... HIV can adapt rapidly to evade immune system responses, and these mutations can be passed on in the wider population, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Nature , Reuters reports. Read more »
Stanford University

New List of HIV Mutations Vital to Tracking AIDS Epidemic

...challenge to using the right number of mutations," he said. In 2007, Shafer and his colleagues published a similar list of 80 HIV mutations that has since served as the basis for global AIDS surveillance work. However, with the scale-up of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV's Success Might Lie in Its Mutations

...component might continue to resist the strain of HIV it first encountered -- or strains used in laboratory tests -- subsequent viral mutations weaken its ability to mount an effective defense. The researchers reported their findings in the... Read more »
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mutated hiv

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...Recently Is that true the fact that exist mutated hiv(can't detect Antibody test)? If the fact's true.. How should we do? Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Is it possible to have an undetectable or mutated hiv strain? Possible exposure 8 years ago, -ve elisa and DNA PCR taken in the past 4 months. Tons of symptoms within the last year Read more »


Posted by drnsee, 3 Replies
...I'm aware that the HIV virus itself may mutate over time. However, my partner who has had HIV twice as long as I have heard that it actually mutates Read more »

Is it ok to...

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
...I know that even if your having sex with someone who is positive as well you should always use protection because the hiv could be a different strain, but what if the other person is the person who infected you, i mean does you body mutate the... Read more »