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Why is a retrovirus harder to treat than other viruses?

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Dr. Ziad Akl
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Wrong premise

All viruses are hard to treat.
In fact very few viruses have any treatment. It is not accurate to say that HIV is harder to treat than other viruses. It is hard to treat because it is a virus and viruses mutate and become resistant to antivirals.

In brief: Wrong premise

All viruses are hard to treat.
In fact very few viruses have any treatment. It is not accurate to say that HIV is harder to treat than other viruses. It is hard to treat because it is a virus and viruses mutate and become resistant to antivirals.
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl
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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: They can hide in DNA

Retroviruses have the ability to insert themselves into the dna, effectively "hiding" themselves from the immune system. Also, they rapidly mutate which can prevent the immune system from attacking them.

In brief: They can hide in DNA

Retroviruses have the ability to insert themselves into the dna, effectively "hiding" themselves from the immune system. Also, they rapidly mutate which can prevent the immune system from attacking them.
Dr. Chad Boomershine
Dr. Chad Boomershine
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