HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens your immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight infections. HIV and AIDS are not the same thing—HIV is the virus that can cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Currently HIV is not curable, but daily medications and regular medical care can help you stay healthy and prevent spreading HIV. Some people are more likely to get HIV than others for many reasons, including their sex partners, their sexual practices, and their drug use practices.

HIV Facts Sheet
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