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Human Immunodeficiency Virus
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     challenging words:    transition, thereby, epidemic, tested, term, direct, full-blown, therefore, pneumonia, theater, medical, itself, necessary, develop, affects, such
     content words:    Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, When HIV, United States


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Human Immunodeficiency Virus
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Have you ever heard the term HIV or AIDS? Did you ever wonder how they were connected?
 
2     HIV refers to Human Immunodeficiency Virus. AIDS refers to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. In simplest terms, HIV causes AIDS. HIV is a virus. AIDS is a disease.
 
3     Do you remember what your immune system does? It is the system in your body that is responsible for protecting your body from infection.
 
4     The virus known as HIV destroys part of the immune system. It affects T-cells, which are white blood cells named T lymphocytes. These white blood cells fight germs and other foreign particles in the body.
 
5     If a person tests positive for HIV, he has the virus in his body. When HIV goes into a human body, it jumps onto the T-cell and goes inside it. Then it takes over and makes copies of itself. The virus can then infect other T-cells. Once a T-cell has been invaded, it can no longer do its job, which is fighting off infections.

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