HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, damages specific blood cells which are crucial to helping the body fight diseases. HIV is the virus that, if left untreated, can cause AIDS or "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome." There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS, but people are living long, healthy lives while managing the virus.
While the Human Immunodeficiency Virus may have a lot in common with other viruses, like the flu or the common cold, there is obviously one big difference. Your immune system can clear most viruses out of your body over time. But the situation is different with HIV. The body's immune system can't get rid of it. Even after years of research, we still don't know why that's the case.
If you've been confirmed by a healthcare professional as HIV positive there are important steps you can take toward protecting your health and your future. Remember, knowing is the best thing.
You're not alone. There are many organizations available to help you and provide you with important information.