Definition of AIDS

A syndrome resulting from the acquired deficiency of cellular immunity caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is characterized by the reduction of the Helper T-lymphocytes in the peripheral blood and the lymph nodes. Symptoms include generalized lymphadenopathy, fever, weight loss, and chronic diarrhea. Patients with AIDS are especially susceptible to opportunistic infections (usually pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections, tuberculosis, candida infections, and cryptococcosis), and the development of malignant neoplasms (usually non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Kaposi’s sarcoma). The human immunodeficiency virus is transmitted through sexual contact, sharing of contaminated needles, or transfusion of contaminated blood. — 2004

AIDS is from the group

T-Cell Immunodeficiency

Other Names for AIDS

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AIDS
AIDS, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Acquired Immune Deficiency
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

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