HIV or Human immunodeficiency virus is the virus (retrovirus) that causes AIDS. The virus is delicate outside of it’s human host and can only survive a very short time.
HIV infiltrates the body’s normal immune system particularly the T – Helper cells of the white blood cells (also called CD4 cells). Once inside the T-cell, it inserts its own RNA (precursor to DNA) into the area that is in control of replication of the T-cell. When replication is complete the result is a cell with DNA of the HIV infection thus leading to a breakdown of the immune system. The Human immunodeficiency virus is always mutating. This mutation process is the reason why the virus doesn’t have a cure till date.
HIV is usually transmitted through bodily fluids i.e blood, semen, vaginal fluids, breast milk, etc but may also be transmitted via other means.
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