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Originally Answered: What are the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Let me first write them in their full forms.
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
AIDS: Acquired-Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
So you see,
HIV is a virus, an organism.
AIDS is a syndrome, a disorder, something that is wrong with your body.
Now, when peope say someone has HIV, it means that the person is infected with the HIV virus.
Infection doesn’t necessarily mean there is a disease.
Infection simply means that now the organism(in this case, the HIV virus) is lodged inside your body.
Now the body will use its immune system to stop the organism from causing any harm and try to remove it from your body.
AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection. Its when the HIV virus has started to win over your immune system.
In this case, as the name suggests, the harm that HIV virus causes to your body is that it makes your immune system deficient.
When you have AIDS, your immune system doesn’t function properly. You can no longer fight against infections efficiently or effectively.
More often than not, the person suffering from AIDS dies from someother infection such as Tuberculosis or pneumonia.
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