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Stages of HIV Reproduction

After HIV has entered an individual's blood stream, it replicates itself in the following manner:

HIV enters a CD4 cell also called a T-cell (a cell that is part of the immune system). HIV is a retrovirus that means genetic information is stored on a single stranded RNA instead ofa double stranded DNA found in most organisms. To reproduce HIV needs an enzyme known as reverse transcriptase in order to change its RNA into DNA. HIV DNA enters the CD4 cell and inserts itself into the DNS of the CD4 cell and takes it over changing it from a CD4 cell into an HIV cell.

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