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HIV is a virus, which attacks the immune system. Most HIV positive people eventually develop AIDS, a collection of diseases and opportunistic infections. Currently there is no cure, but combination drug therapies help combat HIV and have shown to delay progression to AIDS.

These 'Speaking from Experience' video clips offer first hand accounts from people affected by the illness, covering issues such as diagnosis, disclosure, relationships, medication and facing the future. Their genuine accounts provide vital support and information for those who are diagnosed HIV positive, their loved ones and carers. It was produced in partnership with the Victorian AIDS Council.

Last reviewed: 2016 Click on the Animations tab to view 3D medical animations about this illness.

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