In the U.S., many women believe they are not in a risk category for AIDS, or the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes the illness and infections that make up acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). But AIDS is currently the leading cause of death for African-American women aged 25-44 and the sixth-leading cause of death for all American women in this age group.

Most women don't even know they're infected until they have full-blown AIDS. And, women can become terribly ill on a much lower viral load than men do. Isn't it time you knew what the warning signs of HIV infection are, and what to do to prevent AIDS?

Find the answers to the questions many women are now asking about AIDS in this AIDS/HIV Q & A article.