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Word of the Day: "AIDS"

Sara Bellum
October 15, 2009

AIDS stands for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. It’s a disease caused by the HIV virus, which breaks down the body’s immune system, or our natural defenses against disease. Read More »

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Real Teens Ask: Can drugs give you viruses?

Sara Bellum
September 17, 2009

At NIDA's last Drug Facts Chat Day, Razorfang asked this question: "can you get viruses from drugs?" Read More »

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National HIV Testing Day - June 27

A New HIV Case every 9 ½ Minutes

Giselle, NIDA Intern
August 19, 2009

Every 9 ½ minutes: that's how often the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that someone in the U.S. gets infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In the next 10 minutes, someone will get HIV—and it could be your friend or someone in your family. Read More »

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