"AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stages of infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV is a virus that kills or damages cells of the body's immune system.
HIV most often spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. AIDS may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.
The first signs of HIV infection may be swollen glands and flu-like symptoms. These may come and go a month or two after infection. Severe symptoms may not appear until months or years later.
A blood test can tell if you have HIV infection. Your health care provider can perform the test, or call the national referral hotline at 1-800-CDC-INFO (24 hours a day, 1-800-232-4636 in English and en español; 1-888-232-6348 - TTY).
This video is part of the Get Tested. Make it Contagious campaign which is designed to raise awareness of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and increase testing among college students. The students, who are unaware they have a pickle on them, are symbolic of many people being unaware that they have contracted an STD. The only way for students to find out if they are in a pickle (have an STD) is to get tested. (CDC)
University of Michigan HIV/AIDS resources.