Introduction to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

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Human immunodeficiency virus gains entry into helper T cells, uses the cell DNA to replicate, interferes with normal function of the T cells, and destroys the normal cells. 1 in 10 persons with AIDS: age 50 or older. 4% of all AIDS cases: age 65 or older. AIDS’ main form of treatment: antiviral therapy that suppresses replication of HIV virus. Treatment has been highly effective in reducing number of HIV particles in bloodstream. Treatment can help immune system recover and improve T cell count.

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