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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that causes the progressive destruction of the human body's immune system, eventually resulting in the condition called AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). By gradually destroying the body's immune system, HIV makes it harder for individuals to fight off diseases. In the first stages of HIV, the majority of patients do not show any symptoms. Within the initial month or two after infection, the individual may experience a flu-like illness. During the late stages of HIV infection, the virus severely ...