Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]

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Basic HIV facts

  • HIV is a virus that attacks the immune system. If untreated, a person’s immune system will eventually be completely destroyed.
  • AIDS refers to a set of symptoms and illnesses that occur at the very final stage of HIV infection.
  • Testing regularly for HIV means you can access treatment if you need it and stay healthy.

Basic AIDS facts

  • AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
  • AIDS is also referred to as advanced HIV infection or late-stage HIV.
  • AIDS is a set of symptoms and illnesses that develop as a result of advanced HIV infection which has destroyed the immune system.
  • Treatment for HIV means that more people are staying well, with fewer people developing AIDS.

South Africa’s HIV/AIDS epidemic remains one of the largest in the world and the country also experiences a higher number of newly acquired infections, which occur during unprotected heterosexual intercourse. Currently, it is estimated that more than 7 million South Africans are living with HIV.

South Africa has been selected to host another HIV vaccine trial, which will target various strains of the HI virus.

 

Human Immunodeficiency Virus [HIV]

HIV Vaccine study
 

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