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    What is AIDS?

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    AIDS stands for Acquired immune deficiency syndrome and occurs when someone who has HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) immune system is damaged so much that they develop diseases which usually would not occur. 
    In HIV a persons CD4 or T-cells or fighter cells are damaged by the HIV. Once enough of theses cells are damaged they Re unable to do their job anymore and allow AIDS to occur. If this does happen in australia there is treatment available which enables the cells to recover and for a person to be well again. The HIV is not cured, just manageable.

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