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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Capsid

Synonym(s): HIV Viral Core

The bullet-shaped center of HIV. The HIV capsid contains the genetic information (two single strands of RNA) and three enzymes needed for HIV to replicate.

Related Term(s): Envelope, Enzyme, Glycoprotein, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Ribonucleic Acid

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Internal component of an HIV

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