AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
AIDS is the name used to describe a combination of potentially life-threatening infections and cancers, which can develop when someone’s immune system has been damaged by HIV.
You cannot catch AIDS and there is no AIDS test. HIV causes AIDS and it is HIV that can be passed on.
Being diagnosed with AIDS means different things for different people. Just because someone has AIDS does not mean they will die – but it is important to have medical care and treatment.
Treatment with combinations of anti-HIV drugs can keep the immune system strong, and because of this the number of people who are diagnosed with AIDS has fallen. Thanks to effective HIV treatment, many people who developed AIDS are now very well and can look forward to a long and healthy life.