Once infected, however, the person remains infectious for life .
During early HIV infection, it has been estimated that up to 60% of those infected will report having had no symptoms.
Eventually, the body’s immune response will begin to reduce the level of virus in the body and become relatively stable.
This is referred to as the clinical latency stage, also referred to as “asymptomatic HIV infection” or “chronic HIV infection.” During this period, the person experiences no symptoms, or only mild ones.
HIV infection causes a specific combination of signs, symptoms, infections, and diseases that are characteristic of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.