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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It kills or damages the body's immune system cells. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stage of infection with HIV.

HIV most often spreads through unprotected sex with an infected person. It may also spread by sharing drug needles or through contact with the blood of an infected person. Women can give it to their babies during pregnancy or childbirth.

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  1. HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... kills or damages the body's immune system cells. AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It is the most advanced stage of infection ...
  2. HIV/AIDS and Infections (National Library of Medicine)  
    Having HIV/AIDS weakens your body's immune system. Your immune system normally fights germs that enter your body. When HIV/AIDS makes it weak, it can't fight germs ...
  3. Living with HIV/AIDS (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... serious. But the outlook for people with HIV/AIDS is improving. If you are infected with HIV, ...
  4. HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy (National Library of Medicine)  
    If you have HIV/AIDS and find out you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you should let your health care provider know as soon as possible. Some HIV/AIDS medicines may harm your baby. Your health care ...
  5. HIV/AIDS in Women (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... most advanced stage of infection with HIV is AIDS, which stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV often spreads through unprotected sex with an ...
  6. HIV/AIDS Medicines (National Library of Medicine)  
    In the early 1980s, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic began, patients rarely lived longer than a few years. But today, there are many effective medicines to fight the infection, and people ...
  7. Hearing Aids (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... more in both quiet and noisy situations. Hearing aids help people who have hearing loss from damage ... your doctor. There are different kinds of hearing aids. They differ by size, their placement on or ...
  8. Mobility Aids (National Library of Medicine)  
    Mobility aids help you walk or move from place to place if you are disabled or have an injury. ...
  9. HIV and AIDS Interactive Tutorial (Patient Education Institute)  
    Preventing HIV and AIDS Introduction AIDS is a life threatening disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV. HIV makes it difficult ... com hp240104 Last reviewed: 05/12/2013 2 AIDS Complications AIDS stands for Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome. ...
  10. Search Español AIDS-Related Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®) Last Modified: 07/02/2014 General Information About AIDS-Related Lymphoma AIDS-related lymphoma is a disease ...
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