The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that affects cells in the immune system known as CD4 cells, or T cells. Eventually, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. When this happens, the HIV infection leads to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. The human body is unable to rid itself of HIV, so once a patient is infected, they have it for life. Though no cure currently exists, HIV can be controlled with proper medical care. Today, a patient diagnosed with HIV, who receives treatment before the virus is advanced, can expect to achieve near normal life expectancy.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control, “About HIV/AIDS,” February 12, 2014, http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/whatishiv.html.