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    1. 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 ...

    2. HIV & AIDS Guide - HIV/AIDS: What Raises Your Risk

      HIV/AIDS: What Increases Your Risk

    3. HIV/AIDS: Resources

      HIV/AIDS Resources

    4. HIV-2

      Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 2

    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. You Can Prevent Cryptosporidiosis

      The parasitic disease cryptosporidiosis can be quite dangerous to you if you have HIV. Read here for details.

    9. Opportunistic Infections and Your Pets

      Owning a pet can be important to your mental health, especially if you're suffering from a chronic disease like HIV. But be aware that there are health risks involved with pet ownership if your immune system has been compromised by your disease.

    10. Safe Food and Water for HIV Patients

      If you're HIV-positive, you need to know how to protect yourself against dangerous foodborne infections.

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