Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). When HIV infection leads to the development of severe immune deficiency, the person has AIDS. AIDS lowers a person's ability to fight off germs (immunodeficiency). The body may attack itself (autoimmune response), or there may be problems with the nervous system (HIV encephalopathy or peripheral nerve disorders).

This section includes information about:

  • HIV and AIDS in pregnancy
  • HIV and AIDS in school
  • children with AIDS
  • HIV testing
  • infants with AIDS
  • nutrition and AIDS

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Visit these websites for more information:

AIDS-Living with AIDS - U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health

Caring for Someone with AIDS at Home - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

HIV/AIDS Information Resources - The National Library of Medicine

Women, Children and HIV - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and the University of California, San Francisco

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