(3 credits/3 class hours)
The biology of HIV/AIDS deals with the way in which the virus infects human cells, spreads within the person and is transmitted from person to person. In dealing with the nature of the virus, the basic biology of the cell is presented in such a way that explains how the virus uses the host to manufacture new virus and spread the epidemic. The strategy of using antiviral drugs to reduce transmission and improve the longevity of a person infected with HIV is discussed along with how the virus becomes drug resistant. Vaccine strategy is covered from the scientific perspective as well as the international impact of the viral epidemic and global protection.