HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks and weakens the body's disease-fighting system. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. This does not necessarily mean that the person has AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is the name given to the group of illnesses that occur in HIV-positive people as a result of a weakened immune system. The most common of the illnesses are opportunistic infection like pneumonia, tuberculosis, thrush, certain types of cancers and a number of skin disorders. The illnesses may occur many years after a person is infected with HIV. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, discriminates nobody. Anyone can acquire the virus if he or she is negligent or unaware about the virus. If you have had unprotected penetrative sex or shared contaminated needles to inject drugs, you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection. Don't underestimate the possibilities. You may feel well and look great, but don't be too confident, HIV infection may now show any sign or symptoms until the whole of your immune system becomes weak and damaged Because you feel healthy and look healthy, you may think that you are not infected. You could be right. But you could be wrong too, and the virus may have been lurking in your body, reproducing and destroying your immune system..little by little. You may not even feel it, until a large regiment of your immune system is damaged. And while you are unaware of the virus's presence in your body, you may have passed it to someone else Early detection allows for immediate treatment, if you are diagnosed positive. Knowing that you have been infected could also save other people from infection. On the other hand, wouldn't it be a relief to hear that you're free from the virus?