Hiv is a virus that targets and alters the immune system, increasing the risk and impact of other infections and diseases. Without Medications, the infection might progress to an advanced disease stage called AIDS.
HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, it reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections or infection-related cancers.
What Is AIDS?
AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses, called opportunistic infections. Medications, treatment, symptoms.
The most common ways that people get HIV are having sex with an infected person and sharing a needle to take drugs.
No cure exists for AIDS, but strict adherence to antiretroviral regimens (ARVs) can dramatically slow the disease’s progress as well as prevent secondary infections and complications.