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    virus and HIV

    While the word virus is countable, why is HIV uncountable?

    Why don't we say 'human immunodeficiency viruses'?

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    Re: virus and HIV

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    Because HIV is the name of a specific virus, not a category of virus.

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    Re: virus and HIV

    Quote Originally Posted by balakrishnanijk View Post
    While the word virus is countable, why is HIV uncountable?

    Why don't we say 'human immunodeficiency viruses'?
    You can use it in the appropriate context: There are two human immunodeficiency viruses - HIV-1 and HIV-2

    "Two types of HIV have been characterized: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is the virus that was initially discovered and termed both LAV and HTLV-III. It is more virulent, moreinfective,[20] and is the cause of the majority of HIV infections globally. The lower infectivity of HIV-2 compared to HIV-1 implies that fewer of those exposed to HIV-2 will be infected per exposure. Because of its relatively poor capacity for transmission, HIV-2 is largely confined to West Africa.[21]" HIV - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by Raymott; 04-Mar-2012 at 09:06.

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