What is HIV/AIDS?

Also known as: human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

HIV is a virus that can destroy the body’s immune system. Over time and without treatment, the virus can cause AIDS, a life-threatening illness that occurs when the body’s immune system is greatly compromised.

Reviewed by: Manuel Rafael Cotilla, MD

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