HIV/AIDS Glossary


The fourth of seven steps in the HIV life cycle. Once inside the host CD4 cell nucleus, HIV releases integrase, an HIV enzyme. HIV uses integrase to insert (integrate) its viral DNA into the DNA of the host cell.

Related Term(s): Integrase, Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitor, Life Cycle, Provirus


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Integration is step four of HIV replication.
Steps of HIV replication

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