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The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causing AIDS is one such slow virus, often taking years from the time of infection before a disease state is present.
In the past, the etiologic agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies was believed to be a slow virus, primarily because of its transmissibility, ability to retain infectivity after filtration, and long incubation period.
Some scientists believe a slow virus or environmental poison may initiate the disease.