Aids vs HIV
The difference between AIDS and HIV
- HIV is a virus, one that the human body is never able to combat and completely rid itself of. The virus can lead to an infection.
- AIDS is a condition brought about when the HIV infection has developed to a point where it has caused severe damage to a person immune system.
- You can have an HIV infection without having aids. With today’s advancement in HIV medication, a person can live a long and healthy life without the infection developing into AIDS.
What is AIDS?
- AIDS can be classified as a syndrome or condition that may be developed from HIV once the virus has caused major damage to the immune system.
- Whilst it is true that a person diagnosed with HIV may not have AIDS a person diagnosed with AIDS would have most certainly have been infected with the HIV virus.
- Even if an HIV positive person never develops AIDS the virus never goes away as there is no known cure for it.
- AIDS is the abbreviation for “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”.
- AIDS is a complex syndrome and affects people in different ways. Thus, the symptoms will vary from one person to another.
- AIDS symptoms are directly related to the infection the disease causes. These infections are most commonly certain forms of cancer, tuberculosis and pneumonia being some of the most common ones.
- AIDS is the final stage of the HIV infection and various factors are tested for in the determination of this stage. These factors include the investigation for:
- CD4 Cell count of two hundred or lower.
- The appearance of opportunistic infections such as various bacteria, fungi and viruses that would not compromise a healthy person’s immune system.
The life expectancy of a person that has developed AIDS is a lot less than when the disease was still in the HIV latency stage. With proper care and treatment, the condition can be managed.