Pediatric HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system and cannot be cured.
HIV is a virus that attacks the CD4 cells (T cells), which are responsible for several immune responses in your body, such as fighting off bacteria, viruses or parasites. This causes your immune system to become weakened, which can lead to infections or infection-related cancers. HIV can also lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), but a person is not guaranteed to develop AIDS if they have HIV.
Causes of HIV include the following:
There are three main stages of HIV. The stages progress in order from the first stage until the last.
HIV may not cause symptoms at first, or the symptoms may disappear after a few weeks. Symptoms can also can reappear years after the infection. Symptoms can include: