What is HIV/AIDS?

What is HIV/AidsHIV is the acronym which stands for Human immunodeficiency virus, which is the cause of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV is a virus that attacks CD4 cells and destroys them. CD4 cells are a white blood cell type that defend and protect against infections. Although HIV and AIDS are very closely related to one another, having HIV does not automatically mean that one will also have AIDS. If a person with HIV has a CD4 count that is lower than 200 they are then typically classified as having AIDS. Once a person with HIV contracts certain diseases, cancers, or illnesses they can also be classified as having AIDS as well. [Read more...]