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What Is HIV/AIDS?
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What Is HIV/AIDS?

When first identified more than 30 years ago, little was known about the virus (HIV) and the disease syndrome that it could lead to (AIDS). But HIV/AIDS rapidly became a worldwide threat to public health.

There's no cure or vaccine yet, but we do know so much more about its effect on the body’s immune system. Infected people are living longer and healthy lives thanks to antiretroviral drug therapy (ART).

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Why It’s So Hard to Cure HIV/AIDS

Why It’s So Hard to Cure HIV/AIDS

More than 70 million people have HIV — yet only one has been cured. That was back in 2008 and we don't understand exactly how he was cured. Find out why it's so hard to battle this virus. More...

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10 Facts on HIV/AIDS

10 Facts on HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a worldwide epidemic. Get important facts from the World Health Organization about infection rates, treatment, and ways to avoid HIV infection. More...

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World Health Organization
A Timeline of AIDS

A Timeline of AIDS

AIDS is a relatively new disease in human history. Investigate this detailed timeline to track the fast-paced discoveries about this immune system disorder of the past 3 decades. More...

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Department of Health & Human Services
Animation: HIV Replication

Animation: HIV Replication

Excellent animation helps explain the complicated process of HIV replication. See the virus attach to and enter a host cell, make copies of itself — and relaunch for another invasion. More...

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McGraw-Hill
Dr. David Ho Gives Updates on the Battle Against HIV/AIDS

Dr. David Ho Gives Updates on the Battle Against HIV/AIDS

Dr. David Ho pioneered the use of combined antiviral drugs to keep HIV infection in check. He’s pessimistic about finding a cure for HIV/AIDS until this other task is accomplished. What is it? More...

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Chinese University of Hong Kong
Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS

Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS

HIV-positive kids face many difficulties, especially in school. Linda Ellerbe introduces infected children and teens who share their stories in this Emmy-winning video. More...

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Nickelodeon
Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi

One of three researchers to win the Nobel Prize in 2008 for work on HIV, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi credits her childhood summers observing insects for her path into scientific research. More...

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The Nobel Foundation
HIV and AIDS

HIV and AIDS

Plain and simple, get the real info about HIV/AIDS — how a person can and can’t get infected with HIV and whether HIV automatically leads to AIDS. More...

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TeensHealth
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Hopes were dashed when a child thought cured of HIV infection contracted at birth tested positive. Find out what this means for a medical study of other HIV-infected children. More...

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NPR
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With no vaccine yet against HIV, the focus is on medications to treat the infection. This animation shows the ways that various drugs sabotage the virus. More...

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McGraw-Hill

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