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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It kills or damages the body's immune system cells. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stage of infection with HIV.

HIV most often spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

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  1. HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It kills or damages the body's immune system cells. AIDS stands ... is the most advanced stage of infection with HIV. HIV most often spreads through unprotected sex with ...
  2. Living with HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    Infection with HIV is serious. But the outlook for people with HIV/AIDS is improving. If you are infected with HIV, there are many things you can do to ... health care provider who knows how to treat HIV. You may want to join a support group. ...
  3. HIV/AIDS and Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    Having HIV/AIDS weakens your body's immune system. Your immune system normally fights germs that enter your body. When HIV/AIDS makes it weak, it can't fight ...
  4. HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy (National Library of Medicine)  
    If you have HIV/AIDS and find out you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should let your health care provider know as soon as possible. Some HIV/AIDS medicines may harm your baby. Your health ...
  5. HIV/AIDS in Women (National Library of Medicine)  
    HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, kills or damages cells of the body's immune system. The most advanced stage of infection with HIV is AIDS, which stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. ...
  6. HIV/AIDS Medicines (National Library of Medicine)  
    In the early 1980s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic began, patients rarely lived longer than a few years. But today, there are many effective medicines to fight the infection, ...
  7. HIV and AIDS Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Preventing HIV and AIDS Introduction AIDS is a life threatening disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV. ... Symptoms and treatment are also reviewed. What is HIV? HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. When ...
  8. HIV infection; Infection – HIV; Human immunodeficiency virus; Acquired immune deficiency syndrome ... Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes HIV infection and AIDS. The virus attacks the immune system. As the immune system weakens, the body is ...
  9. Frequently Asked Questions about HIV and HIV Testing (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)  
    ... Top of the Page Should I get an HIV Test? The following are behaviors that increase your ... exposure should I wait to get tested for HIV? Most HIV tests are antibody tests that measure ...
  10. HIV Treatment Following an HIV Regimen: Steps to Take Before and After Starting HIV Medicines (Last updated 5/6/2014; last reviewed 5/6/2014) ... after starting an HIV regimen. Before starting an HIV regimen, talk to your health care provider about ...
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