HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and breaks down the body's immune system – our "internal defense force" that fights off infections and disease. When the immune system becomes weak, we lose our protection against illness and can develop serious, often life-threatening, infections and cancers.

H -  Human - because this virus can only infect human beings.

 I  -  Immuno-deficiency - because the effect of the virus creates a deficiency; a failure to work properly, within the body's immune

       system.

V -  Virus - because this organism is a virus; which means that it is incapable of reproducing by itself. It reproduces by taking over

        the machinery of the human cell.

What is HIV/AIDS?

HIV Awareness Days

Please find below national HIV/AIDS Awareness Days that raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among specific populations and provide information about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment.  Please click on website links for more information and reach out to Watchful Eye for more information and resources to help you keep your congregations informed and educated.

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