An overview of HIV/AIDS

Knowledge is the key to preventing this fast-spreading disease. AIDS is currently an incurable illness resulting from deterioration of the human immune system. It was first reported in the United States in 1981. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). AIDS weakens the bodys ability to fight off certain infections and illnesses. These opportunistic infections are usually controlled by a healthy persons immune system. However, those with AIDS have immune systems that are weakened and may, therefore, require medical attention to prevent and treat these illnesses.