HIV & AIDS Guide - Topic Overview
What is HIV? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system,the body’s natural defense system. Without a strong immune system,the body has trouble fighting off disease. Both the virus and the infection it causes are called HIV. White blood cells are an important part of the immune system. HIV invades and destroys certain white blood cells called CD4+ cells. If ...
HIV & AIDS Guide - HIV/AIDS: What Raises Your Risk
HIV/AIDS: What Increases Your Risk
Does HIV Cause AIDS?
The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first recognized in 1981 and has since become a major worldwide pandemic. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By leading to the destruction and/or functional impairment of cells of the immune system, notably CD4+ T cells, HIV progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers.
Minority AIDS Initiative
Communities of color, including African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaska Native, have been disproportionately affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2
HIV & AIDS Guide - HIV Diagnosis
HGetting tested for HIV can be scary; however, the condition is treatable so it is important to get tested if you think you have been exposed.
How HIV Causes AIDS
An in-depth review of how the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) damages the immune system, causing AIDS.
Preventing Infections During Travel
If you're HIV-positive, you need to be particularly careful to avoid infections, especially when you're traveling. WebMD gives you tips on how to protect yourself.
HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults
Though many older people believe that they are not at risk for contracting HIV, this WebMD article proves otherwise.