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Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, is a recently recognized disease. It is caused by infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). AIDS is a complicated illness that may involve several phases. It is caused by a virus that can be passed from person to person. AIDS impairs the ....

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.... an HIV-infected person. The virus is usually transmitted through various forms of sexual intercourse, the transfusion of virus-contaminated blood, or sharing in HIV-contaminated intravenous needles. The AIDS virus cannot enter intact bodily surfaces, such as skin, and quickly perishes outside the human body. AIDS is not spread by casual physical contact or by sneezing. The virus has been found in tears and saliva, but it is there in such low amounts that transmission from these body fluids is extremely rare. There are no known cases of AIDS transmission by in ....

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