HIV & AIDS

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

Viruses such as HIV cannot grow or reproduce on their own, they need to infect the cells of a living organism in order to replicate (make new copies of themselves). The human immune system usually finds and kills viruses fairly quickly, but HIV attacks the immune system itself – the very thing that would normally get rid of a virus. . . learn more

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections. AIDS is caused by HIV — learn more

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Heartland CARES provides medical care and a number of supportive services for individuals living with HIV and AIDS and their families.