What is AIDS?
What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Do you have AIDS if you are HIV positive?
How do you find out if you have AIDS?
What are opportunistic infections?
Is there a cure for AIDS?

What is AIDS?

"AIDS" stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome:

  • Acquired: To acquire something is to get something from somewhere else. You get AIDS from the HIV virus.

  • Immunodeficiency: means that something is missing, or there is not enough of it, in the immune system. The immune system helps fight sickness so you stay healthy. If your immune system is weak, your body doesn’t have the same ability to fight sickness.

  • Syndrome: means that AIDS is a collection of diseases and not just one disease. People with AIDS are in danger of getting a number of diseases.

 
 
 
 
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