How HIV Spreads
HIV is spread through sexual intercourse, specifically through the exchange of bodily fluids such a blood, semen, pre-ejaculate, vaginal secretions and breast milk. For anybody who is affected by HIV, all of the bodily fluids are potentially hazardous to other people who might have a chance at coming into contact with them. HIV cannot be spread by something as benign as shaking hands or hugging, or any other form of contact that can be classified as simply ‘casual’.
How AIDS Spreads
AIDS can only be contracted by people who already have been affected by HIV. When it comes to a case of HIV, the infection can take up to about ten years to develop fully into AIDS. Somebody who doesn’t have an abundance of money or medical resources may find that they’re unable to see the HIV even progress into AIDS, and the infection could very well kill them before the case even goes that far. AIDS is, simply put, a much more deadly and advanced form of HIV that is generally much less operable and less manageable,
Early Symptoms of HIV
Once the HIV has manifested in the body, it begins to slowly wax in strength over a long period of time. The growth of HIV into a more powerful form as it develops is characteristic of the family of viruses that it belongs to, known as retroviruses. During this period of time, the immune system goes through a period of dramatic weakening. The person affected by HIV could easily fall prey to a host of simple ailments that normal people wouldn’t get as easily and not nearly as frequently. The destruction of the immune system can worsen for months, even years.
Early Symptoms of AIDS
As AIDS is an extreme acceleration of HIV, the immune system deterioration is already in a very late and advanced stage at this point. A person who has AIDS basically has their entire immune system completely compromised, making them almost completely helpless against all forms of invasive pathogens. Coughing, wheezing, chest pains, hair loss and increased bleeding are only a sample of all of the potential maladies that can arise from a truly advanced case of AIDS. If the case has advanced to this point, then only the most extreme degree of financial support and medical attention can provide hope for recovery.