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Is there any difference between people with HIV and people with aids?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Hiv is a virus.
You have it or you don't. You can be infected with HIV and have a normally functioning immune system, either because the infection isn't active or it's controlled by medicines. If you have aids you have an immune system that's not working. You don't have aids unless you have the characteristic dysfunctional immune system, even if you are infected with the virus.

In brief: Yes

Hiv is a virus.
You have it or you don't. You can be infected with HIV and have a normally functioning immune system, either because the infection isn't active or it's controlled by medicines. If you have aids you have an immune system that's not working. You don't have aids unless you have the characteristic dysfunctional immune system, even if you are infected with the virus.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. Martin Raff
Great and accurate explanation. The virus depletes the body's immune system over time, ultimately resulting in AIDS
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