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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

  1. Robert F Siliciano

Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003998



How to Cite

Siliciano, R. F. 2006. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). eLS. .

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  1. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 JAN 2006

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The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a potentially fatal transmissible disease, caused by Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). AIDS has claimed over 20 million lives and over 40 million people are infected with HIV-1. While there is as yet no cure or effective vaccine for AIDS, there are treatments that can forestall the development of overt disease and restore immune function.


  • HIV;
  • infection;
  • opportunistic infection;
  • retrovirus