HIV/AIDS

Expert reports about HIV/AIDS


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HIV INFECTION DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is HIV infection?

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a disease-causing virus that suppresses the human immune system by attacking particular white blood cells (WBC) called CD4 lymphocytes. The suppression of immunity typically takes several years from the time of infection, but if the infection is not treated, the suppression reaches an advanced stage called acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which is characterized by extreme susceptibility to potentially fatal infections.


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