AIDS: Anti-HIV Agents, Therapies, and Vaccines
PENNWALT CORP PHILADELPHIA PA
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The human immunodeficiency virus HIV is the causative agent of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome AIDS. The virus is classified as member of a rare but highly organized group of retroviruses that possess, in addition to trans-acting cellular genes, their own set of regulatory elements. After invading the human body, HIV will gradually erode the ability of the immune system to resist various pathogens, thus making the patient increasingly vulnerable to a number of opportunistic infections and cancers. With the lack of any meaningful treatment, death from AIDS will occur within 2 to 4 years of its clinical diagnosis. Currently, three major ways of transmitting AIDS are known by sexual intercourse, by transfusion of contaminated blood or sharing of tainted needles, and through ones progeny.
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