acquired immuneodeficiecny syndrome
zidovudine, retrovir; drug used for the treatment of HIV infection and AIDS; first antiviral drug approved by the united states food and drug administration (FDA)
T-helper lymphocyte; primary target cell for HIV infection; CD4+ count decreases with the severity of HIV-related illness
deoxyribonucleic acid, acid found in a cell nucleous; a carrier of genetic information
highly active antiretroviral therapy containing several antiretroviral medications; the combination has been more effective than monotherapy in the treatment of HIV.
human immunodeficiency virus; causes AIDS
antibody to human immunodeficiency virus type 1; antibody can be detected in the blood 6-8 weeks after infection
injection drug user
kaposi's sarcoma; a malignant vascular tumor; an opportunistic meoplasm that may occur in people with HIV infection.
lymphadenopathy-associated virus; one of the former names for HIV
morbidity and mortality weekly report; publication of the united states centers for disease control and prevention
pneumocystis pneumonia; caused by pneumocysitis carinii; an opportunistic infection that occurs in people with HIV infection
persons with AIDS
ribonucleic acid; a nucleic acid found in cytoplasm and in the nuclei of certain cells; RNA directs the synthesis of proteins and replaces DNA as a carrier of genetic codes in some viruses