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3. How does HIV causes AIDS?

When a person is infected with HIV, the virus enters the body and lives and multiplies primarily in the T lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells. These are the immune cells that normally protect us from diseases.

The hallmark of HIV infection is the progressive loss of a specific type of immune cell called T-helper or CD4+ cells. As the virus grows, it damages or kills these cells, weakening the immune system and leaving the individual vulnerable to various opportunistic infections and other illnesses, ranging from pneumonia to cancer.

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