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HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a disease that attacks the immune system, often transmitted by unprotected sex, sharing needles, or blood. AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) is the most advanced form of HIV. Symptoms may not appear immediately, but health care providers can perform screenings to test whether you have the disease. There is no cure but there are medications that allow you to live with HIV for many years.  

Managing HIV/AIDS

Managing HIV/AIDS can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing HIV/AIDS page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

HIV/AIDS Glossary lets you look up definitions of HIV/AIDS-related terms in English and Spanish. Free. iOS, Android. 

  • HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) – iOS, Android

This app lets you search for HIV testing sites and care services near your location. Free. iOS, Android. 

Facing AIDS lets you join the millions of people with AIDS by adding your photo and personal message to a gallery of others who want to help reduce HIV-related stigma and promote HIV testing.

Resources selected by Karen Crowell, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Last reviewed: October 24, 2016

January 5, 2017 - 11:33am