HIV_and_AIDS

HIV_and_AIDS - Facts HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus AIDS...

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HIV H uman I mmunodeficiency V irus AIDS A uto I mmune D eficiency S yndrome • HIV is the name given to a virus • HIV affects your immune system (the way your body fights illness and infection) • HIV stops your immune system from working properly so that your body can no longer defend itself. This is AIDS.
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What is a Virus? •Influenza (flu), Polio, Smallpox Viruses are microbes They consist of - DNA or RNA (which hold the information about the virus, like your DNA) A protein coat (to protect the DNA/RNA)
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How a virus ‘works’ A virus is a parasite which cannot reproduce on its own, it needs another living thing to survive It infects the cells of your body and ‘hijacks’ them ( ) Your cells stop doing what they’re supposed to and instead make copies of the virus ( ) The new viruses are released and go on to infect other cells ( Release )
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Is It Alive? Viruses have characteristics of living things but, in some
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