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2. What is AIDS?

AIDS is the abbreviation for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
Acquired means you can get infected with it.
Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body's system that fights diseases.
Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.
Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS.

Many people are HIV-positive but don't get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system and progresses to AIDS. AIDS is a condition in which the body's immune system breaks down and is unable to fight off certain infections, known as opportunistic infections and other illnesses that take advantage of a weakened immune system.

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