what is hiv?
HIV stands for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). It’s spread through contact with an infected person's blood, cum, or, for those of you who go both ways, vaginal fluids. Or if you’re really kinky and have a fetish for breast milk, it can be spread that way too. Like most of us, the virus needs a warm body to survive --- it cannot survive for very long outside of the body. To spread from one person to another it needs an entry point into the body - like the various holes in you body and the warm, dark spaces inside that allow the virus to stay alive long enough to get into your bloodstream.
Once HIV does get into a body, it begins to attack the immune system. The immune system is what helps us fight off any germ from a cold to the flu to even more serious diseases like HIV or Hep C. Without a functioning immune system, we’re pretty helpless in face of all the germs that can cause diseases. And there are lots of nasty bugs out there! Normally, our immune system can combat these bugs without us even knowing.
AIDS is an advanced stage of HIV disease, where the virus has so drastically damaged the immune system that our body is no longer able to defend itself from what doctors call opportunistic infections. That simply means that all those nasty bugs seize the opportunity presented by our damaged immune systems and wreak whatever havoc they can. Bacteria and viruses that people normally fight off with ease cause these opportunistic infections in people with AIDS. When people die from AIDS, they are dying from one or more of these infections and not from the HIV virus itself.