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AIDS PROJECT

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Ricky's Retreat

Southern California
HIV & AIDS Hotline

(Bilingual English/Spanish)

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1-800-367-AIDS

(Toll-free in California)

HIV:    Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS by infecting and killing the helper "T" cells of the immune system.

AIDSAcquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

A fatal and incurable condition that attack's the body's immune system, destroying its ability to fight off "opportunistic infections" (OI). The critical end point of HIV.

OI    Opportunistic Infections

Opportunistic Infections take advantage of the body's weakened immune defenses and they are called "opportunistic" because ordinarily they are harmless in a person with a healthy immune system. Some common OI's are...

  • Chicken Pox
  • Diarrhea
  • Encephalitis
  • Herpes
  • Kaposi's Sarcoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Salmonella
  • Shingles
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Tuberculosis

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