The Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, is known for its progression. At first, it seems to not really do anything harmful or dangerous. But as time goes on, all the serious and severe symptoms and complications just occur.

Anyone who gets the HIV infection may go through the following stages:

Acute Infection

This is the first stage of the HIV infection. It kicks in after about two to four weeks since initial exposure to the virus. At this point, a person might experience flu-like symptoms.

Here is what happens inside the body during the acute infection stage: the virus tries to replicate itself to spread to other parts of the body. During this time, somebody cells get destroyed. As a result, the CD4 count of a person decreases.

Anyone who is in the acute stage of the HIV infection is considered to be highly contagious since the number of HIV in the bloodstream is quite high. Therefore, it is very important to not engage in sexual contact with anybody who is at this stage.

Clinical Latency

This is also known as the dormant or inactive stage. At this point, the HIV infection is still reproducing itself but at a slower pace and low level. A person who is at this stage might not manifest any noticeable symptom or even feel sick. Those who receive antiretroviral treatment during this stage can manage their illness better and slow down the progression of complications.

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