HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS by infecting and killing the helper "T" cells of the immune system.

AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

A fatal and incurable condition that attack's the body's immune system, destroying its ability to fight off "opportunistic infections" (OI). The critical end point of HIV.

OI: Opportunistic Infections

Opportunistic Infections take advantage of the body's weakened immune defenses and they are called "opportunistic" because ordinarily they are harmless in a person with a healthy immune system. Some common OI's are...

  • Chicken Pox
  • Diarrhea
  • Encephalitis
  • Herpes
  • Kaposi's Sarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Salmonella
  • Shingles
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tuberculosis