How long until it is AIDS?

There is no one answer to this question because everyone is different. Estimates of the average length of time for progression from HIV to AIDS are being developed. Before antiretroviral therapy became available in 1996, scientists estimated that AIDS would develop within 10 years in about half the people with HIV. Since 1996, new medical treatments have been developed that can prevent or cure some of the illnesses associated with AIDS, though they cannot cure AIDS itself.

Various factors, including your genetic makeup, can influence the time between HIV infection and the development of AIDS.

Time between HIV infection and AIDS


  • older age
  • infection with more than one type of HIV
  • poor nutrition
  • severe stress


  • closely adhering to your doctor’s recommendations
  • eating healthy foods
  • taking care of yourself

What is clear is that you have some control over the progression of HIV infection.