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RISKING DEATH WITH SEX

Jaap Goudsmit

in Viral Fitness

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780195130348
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130348.003.0009
 RISKING DEATH WITH SEX

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This chapter discusses HIV. Approximately 90% of people infected with HIV die from AIDS within 15 years if no drugs are provided. HIV is a unique virus in that, by itself, it does not cause the disease symptoms that eventually occur with HIV infection. Instead, it causes a complete breakdown of the immune system.

Keywords: AIDS virus; HIV infection; CCR5 gene; immune system

Chapter.  7270 words. 

Subjects: Microbiology

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