Learn About HIV and AIDS
HIV affects millions of people worldwide – people living with HIV as well as their friends, families and partners.
By educating yourself about HIV and AIDS , you can better guard your health and minimize the impact of living with the virus on yourself or those you care about.
What Are HIV and AIDS?
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus compromises the body’s ability to handle disease and causes AIDS. This is a slow process, and positive people may not have symptoms for over a decade.
AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is related to HIV, but they are not one in the same. A person has AIDS only in the final stages of HIV, after the immune system becomes unable to defend itself against foreign invaders like bacteria, other viruses, and fungi, and allows for the development of certain cancers.