How well understood is FIV?

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• The level of ignorance in the veterinary community about FIV has sometimes been shocking. Some vets continue to overestimate the ease of transmission, treating cats with FIV like lepers in the office and advising absurd degrees of sterility to protect other cats within the home, as if it were readily spreadable like distemper by surface contamination or like feline leukemia by casual interaction. Others over- or underestimate the prognosis for FIV+ cats, failing to understand the many variables that affect disease expression. Because of the kinship to HIV, FIV and the disease it causes have been studied extensively. Researchers have long realized that understanding the points of likeness and difference between HIV and FIV can be of great importance in understanding the human disease. This kinship has been a mixed blessing. On the negative side, thousands of cats have been deliberately infected and sacrificed in order to study the minutest of points. Particularly unfortunate is the fa

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