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The structure of HIV


HIV is a retrovirus. More specifically, it is a lentivirus which are viruses that cause disease slowly. It is spherical in shape and has spikes that allow it to lock onto the CD4 receptors on CD4 cells (in our immune systems) and enter them where it makes copies of itself. 

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  • Last updated: 16 November 2022
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