HIV stands for “human immunodeficiency virus.”  As the term suggests, it is a virus that attacks a person’s immune system. It is an example of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) because the primary way of transmitting the virus is through sexual intercourse. There are many different HIV symptoms depending on the stage of infection. To determine for sure if you have it, you need to get tested. There are a number of HIV tests available to choose from. When HIV is not treated right away, it could complicate into AIDS. To date, doctors and scientists still haven’t been able to develop an HIV cure.