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.
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.
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.