HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which is the retrovirus that causes AIDS. The initial infection with HIV causes a short viral infection with flu-like symptoms, followed by a latency period that may last many years. The last phase of severe immunodeficiency is AIDS. Modern medicine has a number of effective HIV medications (anti-retrovirals) which have greatly reduced the mortality from HIV and AIDS.
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- Retrovirus: Retroviruses are viruses that use reverse transcription to replicate themselves. There are many types, but the best known example is
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- AIDS: AIDS, standing for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is the final stage of infection with the HIV virus. AIDS usually has
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- Immunodeficiency: Immunodeficiency is the general medical term for very low immunity, where a person is susceptible easily to many types of
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- Flu-Like Symptoms: Flu-like symptoms is a general term for fever and other common symptoms of flu. Fever or high fever is
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- Anti-retroviral drugs: Anti-retroviral drugs are medications that act against a particular subclass of viruses called “retroviruses”. The most well-known retrovirus
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