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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Brenner Children’s pediatric emergency department has moved back to its original location. Learn more

In order to help protect patients, family members and health care workers from the spread of COVID-19, no visitors are allowed at any of Wake Forest Baptist Health’s outpatient or inpatient facilities, except in certain situations.
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Word! AIDS

Word! AIDS

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AIDS

Say: ADES

The letters in AIDS stand for:

  • acquired
  • immunodeficiency (say: im-yuh-noh-di-FISH-un-see)
  • syndrome

AIDS is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). This virus weakens the immune system by killing a kind of white blood cell needed to fight infections. A person who has been infected with the HIV virus may not get AIDS for a long time.