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In 1981, a unique and newly recognized syndrome called Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome ("AIDS") broke out in America. Then very few people knew hardly anything about the disease. Now, we know many facts including the causes, signs, treatment, prevention, testing and more.

AIDS is a major failure of the body's immune system (immunodeficiency). This decreases the body's ability to fight infection and suppress multiplication of abnormal cells, such as cancer. It affects the immune system, including special blood cells (lymphocytes) and cells of the organs (bone marrow, spleen, liver and lymph glands). These cells manufacture antibodies to protect against disease and cancer. AIDS is a secondary immunodeficiency syndrome resulting from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. AIDS is defined as the most severe form of a continuum of illnesses associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Its slow degeneration of the immune system with the development of opportunistic infections, malignancies and frequently, impairment of the central nervous system. AIDS is one stage in the course of the HIV disease, which must be diagnosed by a physician.

Debate around the origin of AIDS has sparke

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