LentivirusJAMA "Slow" virus characterized by a long interval between infection and the onset of symptoms. HIV is a lentivirus, as is the simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), which infects nonhuman primates. See also Simian Immunodeficiency Virus.
a subfamily of retroviruses that includes HIV. Lentiviruses
kill cells and are associated with chronic, slow-developing diseases.
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