HIV, Explained

HIV works by attacking and weakening a person’s immune system over time, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. If left untreated, HIV can develop into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

What is HIV?

HIV – the human immunodeficiency virus – is spread through unprotected sexual contact and infected blood. There is no cure for HIV. However, thanks to advances in medicine, it is fully preventable and treatable.

Understanding how HIV spreads and what treatments are available is key to updating your mind and moving to end further HIV transmissions by 2030.

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