What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV weakens the immune system by attacking white blood cells called lymphocytes or T-cells
As HIV destroys T-cells over time, it becomes more difficult for the body to protect itself against infection. The destruction of these protective cells can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome), which can be fatal if left untreated.
HIV is not the same as AIDS, and living with HIV is not dying of AIDS. While there is no cure for HIV, many people receive treatments that enable them to live long, healthy and productive lives.