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What is human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV weakens a person's immune system, reducing his or her ability to fight infections and cancers.

From: Pregnancy and HIV Testing WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 5, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 12/5/2017

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The March of Dimes .

The Mayo Clinic

CDC: National HIV and STD Testing Resources.

FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 5, 2017

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SOURCES:

The March of Dimes .

The Mayo Clinic

CDC: National HIV and STD Testing Resources.

FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 5, 2017

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