What is HIV? What is the difference between HIV-1 and HIV-2?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). 

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) presents in two most common subtypes: HIV-1, and HIV-2. The Simple HealthKit HIV-1/HIV-2 In Clinic panel can detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 subtypes.

With proper medical care, HIV can be managed. People with HIV who get effective HIV treatment can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.

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