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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). It is the sixth leading cause of death for people aged 25-44 in the United States.
By gradually destroying the body's immune system, HIV makes it harder for individuals to fight off diseases. Parasites, bacteria, yeasts, and viruses that commonly do not cause serious disease in people with normal immune systems can cause fatal...