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What is AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which destroys specific cells of the immune system, called CD4 T-cells. When the number of these cells in the blood drops below a certain level, a person is said to have AIDS. AIDS causes the body to be prone to infections and tumors that normally don't cause disease in healthy people.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pelvic inflammatory disease


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