France & the fight against AIDS
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a retrovirus that gradually destroys the immune system. The virus weakens the body’s defences, leaving the carrier more vulnerable to infection and some types of cancer.
This combination make up the Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The AIDS virus is transmitted from an infected person during unprotected sexual intercourse or through contact with contaminated blood (unsafe blood transfusions, shared needles). It can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding.
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