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Dawn Averitt, Founder and President of the Board

Dawn Averitt is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors for The
Well Project, a non-profit organization formed in 2002 to improve the lives
of women living with HIV and AIDS and change the course of the AIDS
pandemic through a comprehensive focus on treatment and prevention for
women. Dawn was diagnosed with HIV in 1988 at age 19 and has since become
one of the nation’s most prominent HIV and AIDS advocates as well as an
accomplished speaker and published writer on women’s health issues. As
the founder of the Women’s Research Initiative on HIV/AIDS (WRI), Dawn

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HIV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** HIV **

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This article is about the virus. For the disease, see HIV/AIDS. For other
uses, see HIV (disambiguation).
"AIDS virus" redirects here. For the computer virus, see AIDS (computer
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/Human immunodeficiency virus/

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 (in green) budding from cultured
lymphocyte. Multiple round bumps on cell surface represent sites of
assembly and budding of virions.
Virus classification
Group: Group VI (ssRNA-RT)
Family: /Retroviridae/
Genus: /Lentivirus/
· /*Human immunodeficiency virus 1*/
· /*Human immunodeficiency virus 2*/

*Human immunodeficiency virus* (*HIV*) is a lentivirus (slowly replicating
retrovirus) that causes /acquired immunodeficiency syndrome/
(AIDS),^[1]^[2] a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the
immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers
to thrive. Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen,
vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids,
HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected
immune cells.

HIV infects vital cells in the human immune system such as helper T cells
(specifically CD4^+ T cells), macrophages, and dendritic cells.^[3] HIV
infection leads to low levels of CD4^+ T cells through a number of
mechanisms including: apoptosis of uninfected bystander cells,^[4] direct
viral killing of infected cells, and killing of infected CD4^+ T cells by
CD8 cytotoxic lymphocytes that recognize infected cells.^[5] When CD4^+ T
cell numbers decline below a critical level, cell-mediated immunity is
lost, and the body becomes progressively more susceptible to opportunistic


· 1 Virology

· 1.1 Classification
· 1.2 Structure and genome
· 1.3 Tropism
· 1.4 Replication cycle

· 1.4.1 Entry to the cell
· 1.4.2 Replication and transcription

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV

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