Could HIV ever mutate to spread like the cold?
Would it ever be possible for HIV to mutate into a virus that spreads like the cold, but still retain it’s lethal behavior? Is there something related to the anatomy of the HIV virus that would prevent it from mutating into a strain that can survive outside the body and be transmitted through airborne contact?
What makes the thought so scary is that you could be a carrier and able to transmit the disease without having symptoms, so by the time you realize you’re sick you’ve basically already infected everyone around you.
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