45 Words You Should Know: HIV/AIDS

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with HIV, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions about what the condition means for you and your future.

One of the challenges of an HIV diagnosis is navigating through a whole new set of acronyms, slang, and terminology. Don't worry: we're here to help. Hover over the 45 most commonly used terms and lingo to see what they mean, and get a better understanding on the condition.

Clinical terms

Other useful lingo

HIV-1

HIV-2

PrEP

PREVALENCE

AIDS

CELIBACY

HIV NEUTRAL

SERONEGATIVE

ADVERSE
EVENT

WESTERN
BLOT TEST

ACTIVISM

CONCORDANT

NON-COMPLIANCE

AIDS
COCKTAIL

SIDE
EFFECTS

ART

TRANSMITTED
RESISTANCE

ASYMPTOMATIC

ADHERENCE

STIGMA

CD4 COUNT

GET TESTED

LIVING WITH HIV

REGIMEN

FALSE
POSITIVE

SEROSORTING

SEROPOSITIVE

LONG-TERM
SURVIVOR

VIRAL
LOAD

MSM

FALSE
NEGATIVE

ELISA

T-CELL

HIV
CRIMINALIZATION

SEROCONVERSION

SAFER SEX

MEDS

UNDETECTABLE

ARV

REDUCING
RISK

SERODISCORDANT

LONGEVITY

KNOW YOUR
STATUS

MIXED
STATUS

EMPOWERMENT

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