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California Standards Biology


Standard 10e Preknowledge

10e) Students know why an individual with a compromised immune system (for example, a person with AIDS) may be unable to fight off and survive infections by microorganisms that are usually benign.

CALIFORNIA FRAMEWORKS SUMMARY:

When an immune system is compromised (e.g., through infection by the human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]), it becomes either unable to recognize a dangerous antigen or incapable of mounting an appropriate defense. This situation happens when the virus infects and destroys key cells in the immune system.