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.