HIV/AIDS

What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying a type of white blood cell that helps your body fight infection. This puts you at risk for serious infections and certain cancers.

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. It happens when the body's immune system is badly damaged because of the virus. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.

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  1. HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    What is HIV? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying a type of white blood cell that ... It is the final stage of infection with HIV. It happens when the body's immune system is ...
  2. Living with HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    What are HIV and AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying a type of white blood cell that helps your ...
  3. HIV Viral Load What is an HIV viral load? An HIV viral load is a blood test that measures the amount of HIV in your blood. HIV stands for ... for diagnosing HIV. Why do I need an HIV viral load? Your health care provider may order ...
  4. HIV Screening Test What is an HIV test? An HIV test shows whether you are infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). HIV is a virus that attacks and destroys ...
  5. HIV/AIDS and Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    Having HIV/AIDS weakens your body's immune system. It destroys the white blood cells that fight infection. This puts ... such as crypto (cryptosporidiosis) and toxo (toxoplasmosis) Having HIV/AIDS can make infections harder to treat. People ...
  6. HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy (National Library of Medicine)  
    If I have HIV, can I pass it on to my baby during pregnancy? If you are pregnant and have HIV/AIDS,there is a risk of passing HIV to your baby. It can happen in three ...
  7. HIV/AIDS in Women (National Library of Medicine)  
    What are HIV and AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. AIDS stands ...
  8. HIV/AIDS Medicines (National Library of Medicine)  
    What is HIV/AIDS? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying CD4 cells. These are a type of white ... your body to fight off infections and certain HIV-related cancers. Without treatment, HIV can gradually destroy ...
  9. HIV: PrEP and PEP (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... PEP? PrEP and PEP are medicines to prevent HIV. Each type is used in a different situation: ... is for people who don't already have HIV but are at very high risk of getting ...
  10. In general, testing for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a 2-step process that involves a ... HIV testing can be done by: Drawing blood from a vein A finger prick blood sample An ...
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