HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It harms your immune system by destroying the white blood cells that fight infection. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the final stage of infection with HIV. Not everyone with HIV develops AIDS.
Infection with HIV is serious. But thanks to better treatments, people with HIV/AIDS are now living longer, and have a better quality of life. If you have HIV, you can help yourself by
It is also important to reduce the risk of spreading HIV to other people. You should tell your sex partners that you have HIV, and always use condoms.