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Q: bacteriology ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: bacteriology
Category: Health
Asked by: eaglebeak-ga
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Posted: 11 Nov 2006 13:15 PST
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Question ID: 781918
Can an HIV virus live in a Tuburculosis bacterium?
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Subject: Re: bacteriology
From: xray101-ga on 29 Nov 2006 16:53 PST
Hello eaglebeak-ga,
In order to get your answer you need to understand how and what
organisms a virus can infect. I found this useful link that gives you
general information about viruses:
In the above link what should interest you more likely is the paragraph titled:
What things can become infected by a virus.

The viruses that can infect bacteria are called bacterial viruses or
bacteriophages. Definition is here :
The bacteriophages have a special structure that allows them to adhere
to the bacterial cell surface to be able to inject their genome
through the cell wall.(see photo here: )

The HIV is not a bacteriophage thus cannot infect the Tuberculosis
bacterium (Mycobacterium tuberculosis). The structure of HIV is here :

PS - If you are probably asking this question to know why HIV infected
people are more likely infected with tuberculosis the answer is
because the HIV virus attacks the immune  system and make the body
susceptible to all kinds of microorganisms especially to the
mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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