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HIV Info

HIV/AIDS Basics

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and breaks down the body's immune system - the "internal defense force" that fights off infections and disease. When the immune system becomes weak, we lose our protection against illness and can develop serious, often life-threatening, infections and cancers.

Immune Basics

Getting sick is often a sign that your body is responding to invaders from the outside. For example, the pus around a splinter that gets infected is a sign of immunological effort — white blood cells building up to fight an infection. The same is true when your body’s immune system responds to HIV.

HIV/AIDS Statistics

Worldwide, at the end of 2016, there were an estimated 36.7 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 2.1 million children. There were an estimated 1 million AIDS deaths. More than 35 million people have died of AIDS-related causes since 1981.