About 35 million people around the globe are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Left untreated, a person with HIV can develop acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), leaving them at a dramatically increased risk of developing certain cancers or dying from secondary infections.
Scientists have made incredible strides in treating the virus, and an HIV-positive diagnosis is no longer the death sentence it was 25 years ago. Increased rates treatment have also decreased transmission. However, we're still a long way from eradicating this horrific disease.
The latest video from AsapSCIENCE is about how HIV infects the human body, the current treatment options, and why it's so difficult to find a cure.
It comes just in time for World AIDS Day, on December 1, so watch the video, and then head on over to WorldAIDSDay.org to find out how you can help in the search for a cure.
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