How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS Setting & Symbolism

David France
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Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the HIV virus that attacks and debalitates a patient’s immune system, allowing opportunistic infections to cause sickness or death. AIDS was first observed in the late 1970s and was particularly prevalent among, though not restricted to, gay men. Current medical technology allows most AIDS patients to live a relatively normal life.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is the retrovirus that causes AIDS. It was discovered by a team of French researchers in the early 1980s.

Opportunistic Infection (OI)

An Opportunistic Infection (OI) is an infectious disease that takes hold when a person’s immune system is otherwise compromised by, for example, AIDS. These infections are generally not harmful to those with health immune systems but can be fatal when the body’s natural defenses are not present. Finding treatments...

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