The AIDS epidemic began in 1981 and, 40 years later, there is still no cure. Confusion also still surrounds the connection between AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), so let’s start with the simple facts:
- HIV is a virus that is transmitted through bodily fluids, such as semen and blood.
- AIDS is the syndrome that develops at the final stage of HIV.
- HIV develops into AIDS only if left untreated.
- Thanks to advances in medical treatment, most people who contract HIV will not have it develop into AIDS.
- A person with AIDS typically does not die from the virus itself, but rather from complications or superimposed illnesses.
Long story short, having HIV doesn’t necessarily mean that it will develop into AIDS, but if you have been diagnosed with HIV, you need the right medications and a good care strategy to fight it.