WHAT’S THE HIV 411?
HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) which occurs in the later stages of HIV. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV. So once you have HIV, you have it for life. HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease.