HIV is a fatal virus that is transmitted through body fluids and affects specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 cells, or T cells. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. When this happens, HIV infection leads to AIDS. To learn more about the stages of HIV and how to tell whether you’re infected visit the CDC website (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).
Resources in Hawai'i committed to helping HIV/AIDS related cases:
Life Foundation: Life Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who are living with HIV and AIDS.
Gregory House: The Gregory House Programs is committed to the ongoing assessment and development of programs that meet the housing needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS throughout Hawaii, because housing is healthcare.
Malama Pono Health Services: To stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, STDs and infectious Hepatitis on Kaua`i through education and to serve those persons infected with or affected by these diseases.