In the following months and years, HIV replicates in the body, often unnoticed. During this time it can cause permanent damage to the body's immune system and some organs. The bowel, in particular, which plays an important role in the body's defense systems, can be badly affected.
In the end, symptoms such as fever, night sweats, diarrhea and swelling of the lymph nodes appear. The person's susceptibility to illness increases.