WHY IS IT IMPROTANT TO KNOW THE STAGES OF HIV?
1. it is important to know the stage to know the extent of the disease.
2.it helps to asses the severity of infection.
3. it helps to know the risk of getting other opportunistic infections .
4.It helps to to know if they need any other prophylactic drugs like bactrim ds and anti fungals apart from hiv drugs.
5. Helps to chose which hiv drugs to be initiated.

We can asses the stage either by clinical staging or by checking the cd4 counts and viral load.