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AIDS

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Description

AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a serious, life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV attacks the body’s immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight off infections and other diseases. AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection, and is characterized by a severely weakened immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to a variety of life-threatening illnesses. AIDS is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids, such as blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. It can also be spread through sharing needles or other drug-injection equipment. There is no cure for AIDS, but treatments are available to help manage the symptoms and slow the progression of the disease.

Synonyms
  • acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
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