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Candle HIV infection and AIDS are not the same thing.
HIV infection is a long term illness that attacks the immune system, the body's natural defence against disease. At present, there no cure.

When HIV infects the body, the body makes antibodies. Antibodies help fight germs. But the HIV antibodies can't keep up with HIV.

People may not know they have HIV. They may look and feel healthy for years. But they can still pass HIV to others.
SYMPTOMS Symptoms may take years to appear. Most people have a period of flu-like symptoms within weeks of being infected. Later, people may have symptoms such as:
  • Swollen lymph glands in the neck, underarm or groin area
  • Recurrent Fever, Including "Night Sweats"
  • Rapid Weight Loss For no Apparent Reason
  • Constant Tiredness
  • Diarrhea and Decreased Appetite
  • White Spots or Unusual Blemishnes In The Mouth

A person with these symptoms does not necessarily have HIV. But he or she should see a health-care provider if symptoms last longer than a week.
AIDS AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection. The immune system becomes so weak it can no longer defend the body against certain illnesses.
A Person has AIDS when certain disease-fighting cells in the body reach low levels and /or the person gets certain illnesses. Theses illnesses include:
  • Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia ( PCP) a lung infection
  • certain cancers, such as Kaposi's sarcoma
  • Viral infections, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV)

These illnesses are normally mild or rare. But, they are life-threatening for a person with AIDS

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