Don't Get Stuck With HIV

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Glossary

AIDS acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

antibody a chemical that can be found in your blood, that your body produces to fight a pathogen (germ), such as HIV

antiviral a medicine that prevents or combats virus infections

cc cubic centimeter

HIV human immunodeficiency virus

HIV-positive someone with an HIV infection is said to be HIV-positive; this can also be said about their blood, that it is HIV-positive

iatrogenic caused unintentionally by a doctor or his treatment, such as an iatrogenic infection

incidence the rate at which a population develops a new condition, such as the number of new HIV infections per 100 people per year

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NGO non-governmental organization

nosocomial caused unintentionally during health care, such as a nosocomial infection

pathogen a germ; a disease-producing micro-organism, such as a virus or bacterium

MTCT mother-to-child [HIV] transmission

prevalence the percentage of a population that is living with a condition, such as HIV infection

STD sexually transmitted disease

UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

virus a large molecule that is able to enter and reproduce inside living cells, but is unable to reproduce on its own

WHO/AIDS the division within WHO that is responsible for WHO’s HIV/AIDS programmes

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