AIDS means Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; it is a disease that is caused by the invasion of the body by a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus - HIV. The disease appears several months after the invasion of the body by HIV.
AIDS is a deadly disease that can be prevented. It is a life-threatening disease that reduces the body's natural ability to defend itself against infectious diseases and cancer.
It is a sexually transmitted disease. The responsible virus is transmitted from one individual to another, even if it is not yet sick. It can be avoided by the systematic use of condoms during sexual intercourse (essential in case of a new partner!).
It is a reportable disease, it is necessary to detect the carriers of the virus as soon as possible in order to treat them, the tritherapies treatments have considerably improved things.
AIDS is a very serious disease that is treated today with significant side effects, drugs prolong the lives of patients, but do not cure them.
Information campaigns must not falter, we must motivate everyone to always protect themselves during sex, informing young people. And the less young must have a reminder of the information on the prevention and on the severity of this disease which is always fatal despite an improvement of the treatments. Information campaigns, unfortunately, tend to loosen up, and behavior is sometimes less responsible.
There is no vaccine today that protects against AIDS. But scientific teams are working on it and some results are very promising.
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Authors: Dr. Ada Picard and Nicolas Evrard