What is HIV?

HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. HIV attacks the immune system protecting white blood cells in the human body and destroys them so they can no longer effectively fight off diseases and infections. Without proper treatment, HIV may lead to AIDS (AVERT). This section provides an overview of the disease, detailed information about signs and symptoms, and testing. While it is intended to be an overview, advocates should work closely with primary care providers and HIV care coordinators to access updated resources and information.

HIV Basics from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 
This website is a central site for information on HIV/AIDS, including myths and facts about HIV, treatment options, and a glossary of common terms.