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An abbreviation for Acquired immunodeficiency/immune deficiency syndrome. It is a syndrome caused by HIV. However, not everybody who is HIV+ has AIDS.

AIDS causes the body’s immune system to be damaged, and as a result, compromises the body’s ability to fight off diseases and keep the body healthy, and thus can cause severe, life-threatening complications.

There is no cure for AIDS, but there are treatments to keep people with AIDS more healthy. This is why HIV prevention, such as safe sex, is important.

Originally published: 4th December, 2020
Last modified: 6th February, 2022