Just to make a distinction between the terms, AIDS is a chronic condition that can threaten your life and it is caused by HIV, a human immunodeficiency virus, which does a lot of damage to your immune system and in that way interferes with the ability of the body to put up a fight against these viral organisms that cause AIDS, a disease, in the first place.
There are three stages of infection caused by HIV or human immunodeficiency virus. Primary infection occurs within few weeks and can cause fever, headaches, rash and chills, sore throat, various muscle pains, genital or mouth ulcers, swollen lymph glands, night sweats and diarrhea. Although these symptoms do not seem that sever and they can go undetected and connected to the HIV virus, the virus multiplies in the blood very fast in spite of the slow revealing symptoms. Clinical latent infection’s main symptom is the often swelling of lymph glands, and HIV still remains in your body and in your blood which is by now heavily infected. Early symptomatic HIV infection occurs after the virus continues to multiply and spread through the body, which can be manifested as fever, swollen lymph glands, weight loss, cough, shortness of breath and the feeling of being tired all the time.
The Way HIV becomes AIDS, transmission and treatment
HIV progresses to AIDS, which is a common thing for an infection, to evolve into a disease, and the symptoms for that are skin rashes, weight loss, unexplained tiredness, blurred vision, cough, night sweats that are severe, white spots or unusual wounds all over your body and headaches among other things. If you think that you might have been infected with HIV, go see a doctor without any hesitation because according to the symptoms, you might not even be infected with HIV, but some other sexually transmitted disease. If and when HIV progresses to AIDS, the symptoms are much more severe and painful, and they mostly range from tuberculosis to pneumocystis pneumonia, for example. When talking about the transmission of HIV, we can with certainty say that it is transmitted through infected blood, semen, and other bodily fluids that can enter your body in some way, usually through unprotected sexual contact, or blood transfusions, sharing needles with others, and during pregnancy and after. If you do have doubts that you might be infected with HIV, go see a doctor and test yourself. Before that, prepare yourself for a set of difficult questions about your sex life, intimacy and health in general, as that is what the doctors need to know about you to determine the proper outcome of your situation.
While you are waiting for your test results, if you have to, have protected sex only, use condoms, that is what they are here for, and if you must, inject drugs with clean, unshared needles as well. Take care of your body, and your personal hygiene, because you never know what might happen in the future.