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HIV virus and t-cells

HIV virus and t-cells

Overview

HIV is a viral infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can gradually destroy the immune system.

Update Date 11/20/2013

Updated by: Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.