Tuesday, November 30, 2010

World AIDS day

5 facts about AIDS

AIDS is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Infection with HIV is preventable.

AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, a condition in which the body's immune system is slowly but ultimately destroyed.

There's no cure for AIDS, but new medications such as protease inhibitors can significantly slow the progression of the disease.

The epidemic affects people of all ages, races and sexual preferences.

HIV isn't spread through casual contact. You can't get HIV by shaking hands, hugging or sharing restrooms, equipment, food utensils or drinking fountains.

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