Sample blood collection tube with HIV test labelHIV (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. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

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 give you easy-to-use information and resources that can help you get and stay healthy. For tips on choosing apps, see How to Choose a Good Health App by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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 Terri Ottosen, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed February 20, 2024

Last updated February 20, 2024 at 8:34 pm