Audience versions of this page: FamilyOn December 1, 1988, the world first recognized World AIDS Day. AIDS, which stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, is the most advanced stage of HIV—human immunodeficiency virus infection. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 35 million people all over the world are living with HIV.As its name indicates, HIV reduces the efficiency of the immune system, our bodies’ natural defense against infection and disease. There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there is an effective treatment. The goal of WHO and other health organizations is to ensure that more people in the developing world have access to this treatment.Each year, World AIDS Day has a new theme. In 2016, the theme is “Leadership. Commitment. Impact.”
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry access Noun
ability to use.
(acquired immune deficiency syndrome) disease that debilitates the immune system, making the victim vulnerable to infections.
remedy or way to restore to health.
developing world Noun
nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.
a harmful condition of a body part or organ.
ability to accomplish a task.
(human immunodeficiency virus) virus that is a cause of AIDS (anti-immune deficiency syndrome).
immune system Noun
network of chemicals and organs that protects the body from disease.
to display or show.
contamination or invasion by harmful organisms, such as a virus.
drug or other remedy used to treat an illness.
substance used for treating illness or disease.
tiny organism, usually a bacterium.
to identify or acknowledge.
to lower or lessen.
dependable or consistent.
sub-Saharan Africa Noun
geographic region located south of the Sahara Desert in Africa.
World Health Organization (WHO) Noun
United Nations agency responsible for health.