Sunday, January 6, 2013

HIV virus: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Sunday, January 6, 2013

HIV virus
“HIV” stands for “human immunodeficiency virus,” so adding the word “virus” to the acronym creates a redundancy. “HIV” is the name of the organism that is the cause of AIDS, not a name for the disease itself. A person may be HIV-positive (a test shows the person to be infected with the virus) without having yet developed AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV is the cause; AIDS the result.

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