HIV causes AIDS. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It breaks down the immune
system — our body's protection against disease. HIV causes people to become sick with
infections that normally wouldn't affect them.
AIDS is short for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stage of HIV
Is There a Cure for HIV/AIDS?
There is currently no cure for HIV/AIDS. But there are treatments for people living
If you have HIV/AIDS, you can take combinations of medicines called "cocktails." The
drug cocktails are designed to strengthen the immune system to keep HIV from
developing into AIDS or to relieve AIDS symptoms. These drugs are often very
expensive, may have serious and very uncomfortable side effects, and may not be
available to everyone. They only work for some people and may only work for
limited periods of time.
But thanks to "cocktails" for the immune system and improved therapies for the
symptoms of AIDS, people are now able to live with HIV/AIDS for many years.
How Is HIV Spread?
HIV is transmitted in blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk. The most common ways
HIV is spread are by.
having vaginal or anal intercourse without a condom with someone who has
sharing needles or syringes with someone who has HIV/AIDS
being deeply punctured with a needle or surgical instrument contaminated with HIV
getting HIV-infected blood, semen, or vaginal secretions into open wounds or sores
Babies born to women with HIV/AIDS can get HIV from their mothers during birth or from
HIV is not transmitted by simple casual contact such as kissing, sharing drinking glasses,