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HIV/AIDS Glossary

Life Cycle

Synonym(s): Replication Cycle

The series of steps that HIV follows to multiply in the body. The process begins when HIV encounters a CD4 cell. The seven steps in the HIV life cycle are: 1) binding; 2) fusion; 3) reverse transcription; 4) integration; 5) replication; 6) assembly; and 7) budding.

Related Term(s): Assembly, Binding, Budding, Fusion, Integration, Replication, Reverse Transcription

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Steps of HIV replication

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