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What Is HIV/AIDS? Symptoms, Stages & Myths About the Disease

Understanding what HIV/AIDS is can help you detect the disease in its early stages and begin treatment. Learn more about the virus and where you can get tested.

In This Article:

  • The HIV virus attacks the body’s immune system, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. It’s commonly transmitted through contact with certain bodily fluids like blood, semen and breast milk.
  • AIDS is the advanced stage of the HIV infection. It occurs when the immune system becomes too weak to respond to other conditions, diseases and infections.
  • If you suspect you may have contracted HIV, the first step is to get tested. If your test results come back HIV positive, it’s important to seek HIV treatment right away.

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