The human immunodeficiency (IH-myoo-noh-di-FISH-uhn-see) virus, or HIV, is a sexually transmitted infection and causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Today, about one in four Americans living with HIV are women.
Heather from Michigan says...
When I was 24 and 2 months pregnant with my first daughter, I was told I was HIV-positive. I broke down in tears. I thought that I was going to have to abort my baby and live my life as fast as possib... (more)
- Recommended Immunizations With HIV (PDF, 26 KB) – Find out what vaccines you should get — and which ones you should avoid — if you are HIV‑positive.
- Join a community – Share your personal or professional story about HIV prevention at the 30 Years of AIDS online community, from the CDC's Divisions of HIV/AIDS Prevention.
- Fighting HIV in African-Americans – African‑American men are at the highest risk of being infected with HIV. To learn more about HIV testing among African‑American men, watch the CDC‑TV video, "A Need to Know".
HIV/AIDS was reviewed in full or in part by:
Gina M. Brown, M.D.
Coordinator for Microbicides Research and Women and Girls Research Office of AIDS Research
National Institutes of Health
Melonie Heron, Ph.D.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Center for Health Statistics
Lisa Hirschhorn, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Senior Clinical Advisor, HIV/AIDS
JSI Research and Training
Gretchen Stiers, Ph.D.
HIV/AIDS Policy Lead
Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Content last updated July 1, 2011.
Resources last updated July 1, 2011.
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