What is AIDS?

AIDS is a disease caused by a virus. The virus that causes aids is known as HIV.

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How many people in the United States have AIDS?

1.7 million people in the U.S. have AIDS. 1:5 people are unaware.

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What is HIV?

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus.

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How are AIDS and HIV related?

HIV is the cause of AIDS.

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How can children get AIDS?

Children acquire aids from their mothers before or during birth. They can also get it through breastfeeding.

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What does AIDS do to the body?

Aids destroys the T-cell making it unable to do its job in the immune system. The more T-cells that get damaged, the weaker your immune system becomes. Eventually, you’re immune system will become too weak that you won’t be able to prevent illnesses or infections.

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What are two ways doctors are treating AIDS patients?

Different types of medicines and contraceptives.

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What research is being done to find a cure?

  • Identify HIV reservoirs in the body.
  • Determine the effects of antiretroviral therapy, chemotherapy, and other strategies on the HIV reservoir.
  • Develop assays and model systems, including a nonhuman primate model, to quantify and study HIV latency.
  • Characterize viral reservoirs that cause rebounding of viral levels when antiretroviral therapy is stopped.
  • Determine the role of HIV integration on virus elimination strategies
  • Determine the role of HIV in hematopoietic progenitor cells in regards to cure strategies
  • Investigate strategies that lead to purging of the latent reservoir and a cure for HIV/AIDS

How successful has it been?

Finding a cure for AIDS/HIV has been very successful. They have already came up with a cure.

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