A 49-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

Human immunodeficiency virus--can it mutate?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Hiv mutates in response to HIV therapy. If you're being treated without a complete response (partial suppression), the virus can mutate so it can replicate in the presence of the drugs. This usually happens in people who don't take their medications properly. They can then transmit the mutant virus to others. Spontaneous mutation (mutation independent of therapy) has not been a big problem.
Answered on Aug 29, 2014
2
2 thanks

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
HIV: The obvious answer is that HIV causes it. But perhaps you meant "how do you get it?" you get HIV by having unsafe sex or by sharing needles/syringes ... Read More
1
1 comment
10
10 thanks
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Evolution: It came from a simian precursor transmitted to humans by one of several mechanisms. This virus mutates continuously and the form to which it mutates ... Read More
4
4 thanks
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
HIV infection/AIDS: The HIV virus causes HIV infection and aids. There are many clinical manifestations of HIV infection and aids, which are too numerous to list here.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Sturgis
28 years experience in Pathology
Sharing body fluids: Hiv is a sexually transmitted infection. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood, or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or ... Read More
1
1 comment
1
1 thank

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month