AIDS facts for kids
- Acquired means that people are not born with the disease. They get it after being infected with the HIV virus.
- Immune or Immuno- talks about the immune system. The immune system is the part of the body that fights off disease.
- Deficiency means not enough. An immuno-deficiency is a problem where the immune system is damaged and cannot fight off diseases to keep the body healthy.
- Syndrome is a collection of symptoms, or problems in the body. Because the immune system is damaged, and cannot fight off disease, people with AIDS get a collection of symptoms which is referred to as the "Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome."
How many people have AIDS?
Many people with HIV do not know they have it. Because of this, the exact number of people with HIV is unknown.
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