HIV/AIDS

HIV in the body

How HIV progresses

Disease progression from infection to Aids follows a set pattern in most infected individuals, although the rate of disease progression varies from one person to the other.

How HIV infection begins

The HI virus is very clever and very cunning, once inside your body, it "hijacks" the cells that manage your immune system and slowly builds up a reservoir of inactive viral cells that lie in wait.

HIV and the immune system

We know that HIV attacks the immune system, but what is a virus and why this particular virus so unique?

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Dr Sindisiwe van Zyl qualified at the University of Pretoria before working for an HIV/AIDS NPO in Soweto for many years. She was named one of the Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.

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