What is AIDS?

Dr. Raja Iskandar Shah Raja Azwa explains in detail about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Please SUBSCRIBE to TemanTeman.org official YouTube channel for more expert advise videos on HIV/AIDS.

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: Acquired means you can get infected with it.

Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases.

Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease. AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make “antibodies,” special molecules to fight HIV. A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People who have the HIV antibodies are called “HIV-Positive.”

Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don’t get sick for many years. As HIV disease continues, it slowly wears down the immune system. Viruses, parasites, fungi, and bacteria that usually don’t cause any problems can make you very sick if your immune system is damaged. These are called “Opportunistic Infections.”

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Dr. Chow Ting Soo, Consultant Physician and Infectious Disease Physician, Hospital Pulau Pinang.



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