About HIV and AIDS

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stages of infection caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a virus that kills or damages cells of the body’s immune system, making it difficult to fight off other infections. These infections may eventually become fatal.

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

The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later. An easy and fast test can tell if you have HIV infection.