What is AIDS .

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The AIDS Virus

AIDS Prevention is everybody's responsibility!

Aids was first diagnosed in Australia in 1982. Since then it has spread at an

alarming rate. The virus can effect anyone. Its doesn't discriminate between

men and women. It doesn't judge us by our colour of our skin. It respects no

religion, it can effect every single one of us.

What's the difference between HIV and AIDS?

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. HIV is the virus that

causes AIDS. AIDS is a serious condition in which the body's defences against

some illnesses are broken down. This means that people with AIDS can get

many different kinds of diseases which a healthy person's body would

normally fight off quite easily.

How long does it take for HIV to cause AIDS?

The length of time between being infected with HIV and being diagnosed with

AIDS depends on lots of different things.

These days, there are many drugs

that can be used to help people with HIV, and most doctors believe that a lot of

people can be treated for a very long time. Many people do not know exactly

when they were infected with HIV, and the length of time between this

happening and them being diagnosed with AIDS can be very variable.

So how do you get infected?

HIV is passed on in the sexual fluids or blood of an infected person, so if

infected blood or sexual fluid gets into your body, you can become infected.

This usually happens by either having with an infected person or by sharing

needles used to inject drugs with an infected person. People can also become

infected by being born to a mother who has HIV and a very small number of

people become infected by having medical treatment using infected blood...