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12/05/23 Public Health Topic: HIV/AIDS

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. There is currently no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including their sex partners and risk behaviors.


For information on HIV prevention, testing, transmission and more visit:


To view the CDC HIV 101 Information Sheet pdf version in English or Spanish visit:



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