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The life cycle of HIV HTML5


The HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a retrovirus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). The HIV infects certain types of cells of the immune system inside of which it replicates itself. With time, the ability of the immune system to ward off infections weakens and opportunistic diseases flare up.

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Learning goals

  • To understand how the HIV replicates itself inside the host cell.

  •  To know the key role of the viral structures involved in the virus’s life cycle. 




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Once in the bloodstream, the HIV starts its life cycle which comprises a series of steps :

  • Attachment to specific immune cells : this process is achieved by the recognition of cell…

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