Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Coloring

HIV coloring

The virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, commonly known as HIV. HIV is a member of the retrovirus family, which means it contains RNA as its genetic material instead of DNA.

HIV coloring worksheet uses a model to understand viral transmission.  Students identify and color the major structures related to HIV transmission and replication.

1. Attachment
2. Reverse Transcriptase creates DNA from the viral RNA
3. Viral DNA integrates with the host cell DNA
4. Ribosomes and Golgi apparatus use the viral DNA instructions to create more viral proteins
5. Virus is assembled and buds from the host cell

Student Activity

Students color each structure and answer questions related to the model.  Finally, students are asked to create their own model of how a DNA virus would infect a cell and replicate. 

The worksheet also provides information about how anti-viral drugs interfere with different stages of viral infection. For example,  some drugs can prevent the attachment of the virus to the cell, and other drugs might prevent transcription from occurring.

Grade Level:  9-12
Time Required: 30-40 minutes

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