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Language does matter: UNAIDS Terminology Guidelines

In particular the terms "HIV and AIDS" and "HIV/AIDS" are misleading and should not be used. HIV is a virus and therefore there might be an HIV infection, HIV prevention and HIV testing, but not “AIDS virus” or “HIV/AIDS virus” or “HIV/AIDS prevention”.


Below is a short list of terminology that should and should not be used. The whole manual can be downloaded here

Old Use

HIV and AIDS 
HIV/AIDS epidemic 
HIV/AIDS prevalence 
HIV/AIDS prevention 
HIV/AIDS testing
People living with HIV/AIDS 

Preferred terminology

AIDS unless specifically referring to HIV
AIDS epidemic
HIV prevalence
HIV prevention
HIV testing
People living with HIV

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