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What is AIDS?


AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: Acquired means you can get infected with it. Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases.


means a group of health problems that make up a disease. 

  • AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
  • If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make “antibodies,” special molecules to fight HIV.

A blood test

for HIV looks for these antibodies.

  • If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV  infection. People who have the HIV antibodies are called “HIV-Positive.”          

Being HIV-positive

or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS.

  • Many people are HIV-positive but don’t get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system.
  • Viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria that usually don’t cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called “Opportunistic Infections.”

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