What is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS. A member of a group of viruses called retroviruses, HIV infects human cells and uses the energy and nutrients provided by those cells to grow and reproduce.

What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is a disease in which the body's immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off infections, known as "opportunistic infections," and other illnesses that take advantage of a weakened immune system.

What SRH is doing:

We have started a Care & Support facility for orphans who are HIV +ve where both parents have expired with HIV/AIDS. We have 29 children at present and are in the process of expanding the facility to accommodate more children

We have also started a 30 bedded Care & Support project for the treatment of opportunistic infections in adults. An Outpatient Counseling Centre has also be established.

There is Hope after HIV (Link to an article in the Hindu Sunday Magazine dated 30 November 2008)

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