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Being HIV-positive:

Being HIV-positive simply means that you have tested positive for being infected with the virus known as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), and can pass it on.

Having AIDS:

Having AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) means that you are HIV-positive AND that the progressive damage done to your immune system (usually over many years) has weakened it to a point at which you can no longer fight off a range of defined opportunistic infections (unless you receive treatment to support and restore some of your immune function).

Although AIDS is (with time) an almost inevitable consequence of being infected with untreated HIV; most people who receive timely treatment for their HIV infection will never develop AIDS.

The AIDS diagnosis is not generally reversible, so it does not necessarily indicate anything about your current state of health. Indeed, in many countries, the term AIDS is thought to be so meaningless and laden with stigma that it is no longer used.

AIDS is not a single disease but a spectrum of diseases caused by having reduced immunity due to HIV.

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