Pop Goes The Virus.....

a: Hiv ~
b: jack-in-the-box

What: "HIV is like a jack-in-the-box,"... .... The virus's genetic material sits inside a shell that is studded with spikes. To infect a cell, the shell has to pop open and release the virus's genes into the cell."

Writer: Sriram Subramaniam,
Date: Apr 20 2013 4:46 PM

a: HIV treatment ~
b: Vacuum


"ELI5: Glitter = HIV, Vacuum = treatment. Coins on floor = good cells

You have to vacuum your room and have to pick up EVERY glitter particle. Here's the catch, the glitter can replicate if you do not remove every single particle. While you are vacuuming (taking antiviral therapy), you have to make sure not to suck up the coins on the floor (uninfected cells). You can see quickly that it is very hard to "100% vacuum" your room"

Writer: jay698
Date: Oct 2 2016 9:19 PM

HIV Replication

a: HIV replication ~
b: a fire and the fuel is CD4 cells

What: "Imagine that HIV replication is like a fire and the fuel is CD4 cells. The smoke is the viral load. As HIV burns through CD4 cells, the viral load goes up (smoke increases).".....See the link for a further discussion of how HIV replicates

Writer: HIVworker
Date: Sep 21 2010 1:23 AM

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