How is HIV different from AIDS?

AIDS is a condition

While HIV is a virus that may cause an infection, AIDS (which is short for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is a condition. Contracting HIV can lead to the development of AIDS. AIDS, or stage 3 HIV, develops when HIV has caused serious damage to the immune system.

Can you have AIDS and not HIV?

This means the body remains healthy, and the virus cannot be transmitted. AIDS is a syndrome, or range of symptoms, that may develop in time in a person with HIV who does not receive treatment. A person can have HIV without developing AIDS, but it is not possible to have AIDS without first having HIV.

How long does it take HIV to turn into AIDS?

Untreated, HIV typically turns into AIDS in about 8 to 10 years. When AIDS occurs, your immune system has been severely damaged. You’ll be more likely to develop opportunistic infections or opportunistic cancers — diseases that wouldn’t usually cause illness in a person with a healthy immune system.

What are the 4 stages of HIV infection?

Stages of HIV Infection
  • Stages of Infection – (assuming no treatment)
  • Stage 1: Infection.
  • Stage 2: Asymptomatic.
  • Stage 3: Symptomatic.
  • Stage 4: AIDS/Progression of HIV to AIDS.