The progression of HIV varies from one person to another. There are many factors that come into play, such as their genes, lifestyle, health status, and so on all before they contracted the infection. These also include how soon they got diagnosed and received treatment, what type of treatment, and other health-related decisions and choices they make along the way.

What determines the time period from HIV to AIDS?

HIV is made up of different stages, with AIDS as its final stage. The time period that it takes to progress one from stage to the next varies from person to person. Some might take months, others might take years. Here are the factors that influence that:

  • Age – older people might get shorter time
  • Poor nutrition – underweight, overweight, and malnourished are more likely to progress to AIDS sooner
  • Stress – more stress means greater risk
  • HIV subtype – some HIV subtypes cause more serious problems
  • Genetic background – some babies get infected because of their HIV-positive mothersAntiretroviral therapy – those who are able to receive this treatment sooner will likely be in less danger
  • Obeying doctor’s orders – consistently taking the necessary medications and following doctor’s recommendations can protect a patient against unnecessary troubles

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