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How is the HIV virus passed into the body tissues?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Various ways

The virus has reservoir cells where it remains inactive in tissues.
These are macrophages and in the nervous system some neurons. It lives within lymphocytes (cd4 cells), and other cells which possess a receptor site to which it can attach and enter the cells. These cells then carry it into tissues. When the virus first enters the body it does so onto receptive surfaces.

In brief: Various ways

The virus has reservoir cells where it remains inactive in tissues.
These are macrophages and in the nervous system some neurons. It lives within lymphocytes (cd4 cells), and other cells which possess a receptor site to which it can attach and enter the cells. These cells then carry it into tissues. When the virus first enters the body it does so onto receptive surfaces.
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