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AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. AIDS is diagnosed after an initial HIV diagnosis, either because your white blood cell count has fallen below 200 cells per cubic centiliter, or because you have caught one of 20 opportunistic infections. Everyone with AIDS has HIV, but not everyone with HIV has AIDS. When HIV has been in your system for a long time--anywhere from 5 to 15 years--your immune system is so weakened that you can fall very sick from a simple infection. 

Living with HIV and AIDS.  There are over a million people in this country with HIV who are walking, dancing, swearing, working, in relationships and living happy lives. Receiving a positive diagnosis may be scary, but we are here to help. We have trained staff that will assist you in getting all the help you need: making a doctor's appointment, paying for medication, staying on your medication and accessing other support services.

What will help you the most is taking your medication consistently and taking care of your body: eating  right, exercising, sleeping enough, etc. If you do both of those things then you can have a long, healthy life. Plus, taking the medications can help keep you from infecting others, since it drastically reduces the amount of the virus in your body.  The San Antonio AIDS Foundation is here for anyone living in and around Bexar County who has HIV/AIDS. Visit their website here.

CDC - As a part of its overall public health mission, the Centers for Disease Control provide leadership in helping control the HIV/AIDS epidemic by working with community, state, national and international partners in surveillance, research, and prevention and evaluation activities.  

The Body -'s mission is to use the internet to lower barriers between patients and clinicians, demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment, improve the quality of life for all people living with HIV/AIDS and foster community through human connection.

Avert - Avert is an international HIV and AIDS charity, based in the UK, working to avert HIV and AIDS worldwide, through education, treatment and care.

Greater Than AIDS - The Greater Than movement responds to the AIDS crisis in the United States, in particular the severe and disproportionate epidemic among Black Americans. Through a national media campaign and community outreach, Greater Than AIDS aims to elevate the public’s knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS and confront the stigma surrounding the disease. - POZ is an award-winning print and online publication for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

HIV210 - Official website of the San Antonio HIV Health Services Planning Council