How Does Hiv Mutate

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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
...The genetic material of HIV is in the form of RNA. Our genes are made from DNA. In order for the virus to be able to complete it's life cycle, it must Read more »

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The Body

HIV Mutations

... Although most copies of HIV are identical, about 1% of your HIV will naturally contain "mutations." What does all this have to do with drug resistance? Read more »
Stanford University

New List of HIV Mutations Vital to Tracking AIDS Epidemic

...Organization and seven other laboratories, researchers at the School of Medicine have compiled a list of 93 common mutations of the AIDS virus associated with drug resistance that will be used to track future resistance trends throughout the... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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

...research has demonstrated that people with certain variants of HLA have more effective immune responses to HIV and do not develop AIDS as quickly as others without the variation. However, Goulder's study found that HIV can mutate to avoid the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV's Success Might Lie in Its Mutations

...One reason AIDS may progress is that HIV mutates so rapidly within the human body that it confounds the already-weakened immune system's ability Read more »