HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. HIV damages the immune system by killing cells.
Loss of these cells makes it hard for the body to fight off infections.
AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection.
HIV medications can stop HIV infection from advancing to AIDS.
HIV is spread by unprotected sex (including anal and oral), used needles, and from mother to child during pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding.
To prevent infection, always practice safe sex, never share needles, and get treatment as soon as possible if infected.
There is no cure but antiretroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy.
Get tested and be safe