Question: What does it mean to be HIV positive?

PAH-zih-tiv) Refers to a person who is infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

What happens if a person is HIV-positive?

Progression to AIDS Untreated, HIV typically turns into AIDS in about 8 to 10 years. When AIDS occurs, your immune system has been severely damaged. Youll be more likely to develop opportunistic infections or opportunistic cancers — diseases that wouldnt usually cause illness in a person with a healthy immune system.

Can you survive being HIV-positive?

With the right treatment and care, people with HIV can live a normal lifespan. People who have a good response to HIV treatment have excellent long-term prospects. You can increase your life expectancy by not smoking and having a healthy lifestyle.

What are the 4 stages of HIV infection?

Stages of HIV InfectionStages of Infection – (assuming no treatment) Stage 1: Infection. Stage 2: Asymptomatic. Stage 3: Symptomatic. Stage 4: AIDS/Progression of HIV to AIDS.

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