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    On December 1, 1988, the world first recognized World AIDS Day. AIDS stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. AIDS is caused by a microbe called the human immunodeficiency virus—HIV
     
    HIV destroys part of a person’s immune system. The immune system is your body’s defense against germs and diseases. Although there is no cure for HIV or AIDS, there are good medications that can keep people active and healthy.
     
    More than three million children are living with HIV. Most of these children are in the developing world, especial in sub-Saharan Africa. On World AIDS Day, people work to make sure more of these children have access to safe and reliable HIV medicine.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    access Noun

    ability to use.

    AIDS Noun

    (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) disease that debilitates the immune system, making the victim vulnerable to infections.

    cure Noun

    remedy or way to restore to health.

    developing world Noun

    nations with low per-capita income, little infrastructure, and a small middle class.

    disease Noun

    harmful condition of a body part or organ.

    efficiency Noun

    ability to accomplish a task.

    germ Noun

    disease-producing microbe.

    HIV Noun

    (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.

    indicate Verb

    to display or show.

    infection Noun

    contamination or invasion by harmful organisms, such as a virus.

    medication Noun

    drug or other remedy used to treat an illness.

    medicine Noun

    substance used for treating illness or disease.

    microbe Noun

    tiny organism, usually a bacterium.

    recognize Verb

    to identify or acknowledge.

    reduce Verb

    to lower or lessen.

    reliable Adjective

    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.