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HIV Envelope

Like many other viruses, the HIV has a lipid membrane that covers the capsid.
This envelope is acquired when the virus leaves a cell after replication.
The HIV envelope has projections known as spikes, which contain specific chemical components that may assist the virus when it attaches to other cells.