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.
Testingregularly 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.