Although HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, there is a difference between being infected with HIV and having AIDS. A person can have HIV without having AIDS, but can not have AIDS without HIV. There are five stages of HIV infection, the latest AIDS.
The first stage of HIV infection is called the “window period.” It is a period when the infected person can not be sick and can not leave positive tests, but will have a high viral load and highly infectious. Continue reading “Difference between HIV and AIDS”