HIV virus


Color enhanced transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of T-lymphocytes infected with the HIV virus, the virus that can cause AIDS. HIV, Human Immunodeficiency virus, is spread through intimate contact with an infected person (sexual contact, shared intravenous needles). HIV invades the T-lymphocyte cells of the immune system, and reprograms the cells to produce HIV. As the number of T cells in the body dwindles, the bodies' immune system is destroyed, and AIDS develops. Without T cells, AIDS patients have little defense against opportunistic infection. Magnification = 20,000x at 35mm

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