What is HIV?
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It is a virus that attacks the immune system. Viruses such as HIV cannot grow or reproduce on their own, they need to infect the cells of a living organism in order to replicate (make new copies of themselves). The human immune system usually finds and kills viruses fairly quickly, but HIV attacks the immune system itself - the very thing that would normally get rid of a virus. This virus results in the body not being able to defend itself from external diseases and this causes AIDS.
Is there a Difference Between HIV and AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In medicine, a syndrome is a group of symptoms that all together indicate the presence of a disease. When a person has AIDS, his or her body has been