Say No to AIDS

After HIV enters your body, it begins to reproduce itself. This is known as the HIV life cycle. HIV searches for a type of white blood cell known as a T-Cell (also known as a CD4 cell). These cells are an important part of the immune system - they activate to fight diseases in the body.

When HIV finds one of these T-cells, it attaches and then injects its own genetic material into the cell. Inside the T-Cell, the virus makes copies of itself. These copies then exit the cell and go on to repeat the process in other T-Cells in the body. These T-cells are like security guards. When they are strong, they can fight off infection - but when HIV enters the cell, it causes damage and will eventually kill the cell. As HIV infection grows in the body over time, it eventually will overpower the T-cells and the immune system is no longer able to fight off infections. At this stage, PLHIV without treatment will start to get ill.



The good news is that this whole takeover can be stopped with your Antiretroviral Therapy, and we can get to the Goal of Undetectable!

This video from Gilead Sciences explains what HIV does after it enters your body and starts to grow.