What is the difference between HIV
AIDS is the last stage of HIV. When
you get AIDS it means your immune
system has become so weak that it
has trouble fighting off illness.
Since the terms "HIV" and
"AIDS" are both used to
describe the same disease, the names
can be confusing. HIV causes AIDS
but it can take a long time for AIDS
to develop, so a person can have HIV
and not have AIDS.
The biggest difference between having
HIV and having AIDS is how sick you
are. Doctors will say that HIV has
developed into AIDS when a person
starts getting certain illnesses and
has a really weak immune system. If
you stay healthy it usually takes
a long time to get AIDS.