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However, more progress is needed: a cure is yet to be discovered and HIV remains a health threat because people don’t know the facts about how to protect themselves and others.

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What is HIV? It is the human immunodeficiency virus.
How does HIV spread? The virus spreads through contact with certain body fluids.
What does the virus do? It attacks the body’s immune system reducing the number of CD4 cells often called T cells.
What happens if untreated? Over time, HIV can destroy so many CD4 (T cells), opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of the weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS.
Is HIV curable? No effective cure exists for HIV. However, HIV can be controlled and people can live with HIV if given the proper treatment and care.
Who has HIV/AIDS? Some groups of people in the United States have been disproportionately affected by HIV.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - HIV Basics

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