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What is the definition or description of: human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
It is the AIDS virus: Human immunodeficiency virus or HIV is the blood borne virus that causes aids or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is transferred via blood or bodily secretions through mucus membranes usually via sexual encounters.
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
More precisly: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids), [1][2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Human immunodeficiency virus--can it mutate?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
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.
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What all is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:

What causes the human immunodeficiency virus?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
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 by someone else who has it.
Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine 32 years experience
nice to see you on health tap Joel! Speaking at international AIDS conference in DC?
Jul 26, 2012

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