HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus that attacks the immune system, your body's natural way of defending itself. If you have HIV and do not receive treatment, the infection can lead to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Having HIV does not mean you have AIDS. Treatment for people living with HIV is very important. It helps slow down or stop the damage done to the immune system and helps stop the infection from being passed on to others.
Every community in Philadelphia has been affected by HIV disease (see map below). The AIDS Activities Coordinating Office (AACO) funds a range of programs to prevent and treat HIV. AACO staff work hard to make sure that everyone has access to the services and information they need, especially in those communities most affected by the disease.
HIV Testing »
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends all persons aged 13—64 get tested for HIV.
Preventing HIV »
We have the tools to end HIV.
Living with HIV »
Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer than ever before.
Data and Research »
Reports and disease trend data for use with attribution.
Do you want to get involved in community planning for HIV care and prevention in Philadelphia? Find out more about
the Office HIV Planning.
If you need more information than this website can provide, please call the Health Information Helpline at 215-985-2427. Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Please note: the information on this website is not intended to replace consultation with a qualified medical professional. It is provided to help individuals better understand HIV and its impact on Philadelphia residents. This site contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences