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HIV and AIDS

What Is AIDS?

10/18/1998

Question:

Can you describe to me what AIDS is?

Answer:

"AIDS" is the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. It is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and is transmitted by contact with infected blood or by having sex with an infected person. This is a very large topic -- do you have a more specific question I could help answer? You could also browse the HIV/AIDS web sites that are linked to this site for information under Health Topics, Diseases and Conditions, AIDS/HIV. A couple of them are listed below.

Related Resources:

The Body
HIV Insite

For more information:

Go to the HIV and AIDS health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Kenneth   Skahan, MD Kenneth Skahan, MD
Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati