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HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus.
It is the virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. CDC estimates that about 56,000 people in the United States contracted HIV in 2006.
HIV damages a person's body by destroying specific blood cells, called CD4+ T cells, which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases.HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
Not using a condom when having sex with a person who has HIV. All unprotected sex with someone who has HIV contains some risk.
Having multiple sex partners or the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can increase the risk of infection during sex..
Sharing needles, syringes, rinse water, or other equipment used to prepare illicit drugs for injection.
Being born to an infected mother-
HIV is spread primarily by:
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
The only way to know if you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection. You cannot rely on symptoms to know whether or not you are infected. Many people who are infected with HIV do not have any symptoms at all for 10 years or more.
The following may be warning signs of advanced HIV infection:
**However, no one should assume they are infected if they have any of these symptoms. Each of these symptoms can be related to other illnesses. Again, the only way to determine whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV infection.
How HIV Works
Your body has a type of white blood cell called a CD4+ T-
When HIV has killed too many CD4 cells, your body can no longer fight off certain infections. These infections are called opportunistic infections.
The use of multiple HIV-
ART can reduce the viral load and increase the number of infection-
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