HIV is Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV affects specific cells of the immune system (called CD4 cells). Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can no longer fight with infections. The human body cannot get rid of HIV – this means that once a person is infected with HIV, they will have HIV for the rest of their life. There is no cure at this time, but the virus can be controlled with proper medical care. HIV is the virus that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when a person's immune system is severely damaged.

HIV In Women

Women infected with HIV usually get it by having sex with an infected person or by sharing a needle with an infected person. Women from minority races/ethnicities are particularly affected, and Black or African, American womens are the most commonly affected group.

Preagnant Women

All pregnant womens should check their HIV status because its very important for the baby. Pregnant women who are HIV positive can work with their doctors to ensure that their babies should not be infected with the HIV virus(through breast milk) during their pregnancy, labor, or delivery time. It is possible for a mother to have HIV and not spread it to her child, especially if she learns about her HIV status early and works with her doctor to reduce the risk.

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