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HIV/AIDS: Europe

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the precursor to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It is inevitable that a person who has HIV will eventually succumb to AIDS-an incurable but manageable disease. The body's immune system is targeted by HIV, which destroys cells, with the result that the cells become prone to infection and are unable to protect the body as effectively. Certain factors like good nutrition, proper medication such as antiretroviral therapy, and a healthy lifestyle can prolong the onset of AIDS; however, HIV does eventually cause AIDS and lead to death. At the end of 2008, it was estimated that 33.4 million people were living with HIV globally, 15.7 million of which were women. In 2008, approximately 2 million people had died of AIDS-related ...

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