Cartman learns that he has to have his tonsils taken out. At first he is reluctant, but agrees when promised ice cream for after the surgery. He wakes up later in a hospital bed, with the procedure complete. Unfortunately, during the surgery, the doctors at Hells Pass Hospital accidentally gave him blood infected with HIV during a blood transfusion.
At South Park Elementary, the boys are briefed of Cartman's disease and told that they should not treat him differently. Upon discovering this, Kyle finds this to be ironic (because of all the abuse Eric has inflicted upon him over the years) and even laughs about it, much to the anger of Cartman.
Cartman has a benefit concert, but only Butters Stotch and Jimmy Valmer show up, as nobody cares about HIV anymore, caring more about cancer now. Elton John was scheduled to play, but instead had gone to a cancer benefit concert, so Jimmy Buffett plays instead, which angered Cartman even more.
Deciding to get revenge, Cartman, assisted by Butters, breaks into Kyle's house with a syringe of his HIV infected blood, and injects it into Kyle's mouth.
Upon taking a trip to Hells Pass Hospital, Dr. Doctor informs Kyle and his mother that Kyle has HIV. Kyle almost immediately assumes he got infected deliberately from Cartman. Kyle then runs to school, pushes, attacks Eric and starts a fight with him. The fight is broken up by Mr. Mackey. Principal Victoria makes Cartman apologize for inappropriately giving Kyle HIV and then asks Kyle to apologize for being a "taddle-tale". Leaving the Principal's office, Cartman claims that they are even now, but Kyle disagrees and races to Cartman's house where he destroys Cartman's toys (such as pulling Clyde Frog's head off). Kyle is then about to break Cartman's Xbox 360 but Cartman convinces him to stop, telling him he knows how he can cure the virus. Intrigued yet still angered, Kyle listens to what Cartman has to say. Eric says that they should look into the case of former basketball player Magic Johnson, because he "has had AIDS for 50 years and he's still totally fine", according to Cartman. Kyle says that if Cartman is wrong, then he will break his Xbox.
Upon arriving at Magic Johnson's house, Kyle, Cartman and Magic look around to see what might cause his strong resistance to the virus. When going into his bedroom, Kyle and Cartman are surprised to see that the room is full of cash. There are piles of money in obscure places such as the floor, as well as above and under his bed. Magic explains to the boys that he doesn't trust banks, so instead sleeps with all of his money. This sparks the idea that the money might be the cure they're looking for.
The three of them then go to an AIDS research center. They decide to take a risk and have Kyle injected with vast amounts of money into his bloodstream. The experiment is completely successful, and so Cartman and Magic are cured as well.
The news breaks out that the cure for AIDS has been found; Kyle and Cartman are congratulated for it with a Jimmy Buffett concert, singing "Cureburger in Paradise". As the performance goes on, Kyle decides he is still going to break Cartman's Xbox despite his statement from earlier, causing Cartman to run after him.