What type of virus is HIV?

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First answer by Yulia Crowder. Last edit by Yulia Crowder.
HIV is a lentivirus, and like all viruses of this type, it attacks the immune system. Lentiviruses are in turn part of a larger group of viruses known as retroviruses. The name 'lentivirus' literally means 'slow virus' because they take such a long time to produce any adverse effects in the body.

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