HIV and AIDS are Two Different Things

It’s so easy to be confused with AIDS and HIV but in reality, these two have different diagnoses but they do go hand-in-hand. Basically, HIV is a kind of virus that could result to as what we know, AIDS. This condition has 3 different stages.

At one point, the diagnosis of AIDS or HIV was deemed to be a death sentence to someone. But with advancements in technology and in-depth research, it brought new treatments to the point where people who have HIV at any given stage nowadays can live like normal and have a productive life. As a matter of fact, a person who is positive of HIV and adhering to the regular antiretroviral treatment may expect to live an almost normal life.

What’s HIV?

HIV is basically a virus that may result to the deterioration of immune system. HIV is actually an abbreviation for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

As the name suggests, only humans could catch the virus and it is attacking the host’s immune system. Because of this, the immune system can’t work at optimal condition.

The immune system can clear numerous viruses in the body but, that isn’t the case when it comes to HIV. Medications are capable of controlling HIV by means of interrupting the viral life cycle.

AIDS is the Condition

We all know that HIV is a virus that is causing the infection. AIDS on the other hand is what would happen if HIV wasn’t given attention. It stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the 3rd stage of HIV and it develops when HIV has already caused serious damage to immune system. The condition is so complex where the symptoms would vary from one person to the other.

Some of the known infections that can manifest to an affected individual include but not limited to pneumonia and tuberculosis.

Since having AIDS is a severe condition, many healthcare practitioners and even non-profit groups are using all platforms available to raise awareness. For instance, creating Tiktop videos and spreading it to a wider audience has a big contribution in making its viewers aware of it.