Flu Viruses, HIV and Immune System Evasion


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How do HIV and Influenza viruses differ?

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1. Which of the following is NOT a feature of reverse transcriptase?

2. Why does it matter that HIV is a provirus?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessment tools allow you to gauge your understanding of how HIV and the flu viruses evade the human immune system. You need to know information such as the differences between HIV and flu viruses and the definition of a provirus in order to successfully pass the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these resources to check your knowledge of:

  • Definitions of the terms antigenic shifts and provirus
  • Features of a reverse transcriptase
  • Differences between HIV and flu viruses

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills while you complete the worksheet and quiz set:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately define main phrases, such as antigenic shifts and provirus
  • Interpreting information - verify you are able to read information regarding the features of a reverse transcriptase and interpret them correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast how the flu viruses and HIV successfully evade the human immune system

Additional Learning

To learn more about how viruses such as HIV and influenza evade the immune system, read through the accompanying lesson on the topic. This lesson will cover objectives such as:

  • Define virus, genetic reassortment, and pandemic
  • Understand how flu viruses present in different species can impact the human influenza virus
  • Identify the role of the reverse transcriptase in allowing HIV to evade the human immune system
  • Recognize how HIV's choice of host cell leads to further destruction of the immune system