Jefferson University Hospitals

HIV and AIDS

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus, or germ, that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus weakens a person's ability to fight infections and cancer. People with HIV are said to have AIDS when the virus makes them very sick, and they develop certain infections or cancers.

Having HIV does not always mean you have AIDS. It can take many years for people with the virus to develop AIDS. Unfortunately, there is no current cure for HIV and AIDS. Having AIDS can make any infection harder to treat, and you are more likely to suffer complications of common illnesses such as the flu.

If you have HIV and/or AIDS, the clinicians of Jefferson's Immunology Program within the Division of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Medicine serve as your primary care physician and will oversee all of the types of care that you may need as part of your treatment. We have a long-standing HIV and AIDS treatment program that has helped to influence drug therapies.

You can be assured that we will treat you with compassion to help you live a longer, healthier life.

Patients Participating in Clinical Trials

The Division of Infectious Diseases and Environmental Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University is designated to participate in clinical trials, making certain experimental drugs are available to HIV-infected patients. Individuals who are HIV-positive and meet the enrollment requirements are eligible to enroll in these clinical trials, which consist of  investigation drugs, therapies and treatment strategies.