Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV)

What is Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV)?

Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) meaning The virus that causes AIDS, which is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is a retrovirus that occurs as two types: HIV-1 and HIV-2. Both types are transmitted through direct contact with HIV-infected body fluids, such as blood, semen, and genital secretions, or from an HIV-infected mother to her child during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding (through breast milk). Related Term(s): Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, HIV-1, HIV-2, Retrovirus


reference: AIDSinfo – Glossary

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