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.
- HIV/AIDS (MedlinePlus)
- AIDS.gov (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
- A Need to Know (CDC) (VIDEO)
- HIV, AIDS, and Older People (National Institute on Aging)
- HIV InSite (University of California – San Francisco)
- HIV/AIDS 101 (CDC) (VIDEO)
- Let’s Stop HIV Together : PSA (CDC) (VIDEO)
- Who’s at Risk for HIV? (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)
- See also Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Medline Plus)
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.
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 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) – 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 Linda Johnsen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed April 6, 2018