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AIDS awareness symbol. Red ribbon worn on the lapel to remember those who suffer from or have died of AIDS. HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) by attacking the patient's immune system, causing secondary opportunistic infections which are fatal. Patient's with AIDS face the pressures of having both an incurable disease, and one which may arouse rejection from family, friends and from society. Many AIDS patient's have to live with loneliness while having to confront their fear of death at a young age. December 1st is International AIDS Awareness Day.
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