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What is HIV?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Bad contagious virus

The HIV virus (it causes AIDS) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "CD4+ T-helper" cell.
With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. The patient gets AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, acquired immune deficiency syndrome).

In brief: Bad contagious virus

The HIV virus (it causes AIDS) attacks and destroys a critical white blood cell of the immune system: the "CD4+ T-helper" cell.
With these cells knocked out, the body's immune system is crippled and left unable to fight off infections which would ordinarily be easily handled by a normal immune system. The patient gets AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, acquired immune deficiency syndrome).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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