human immunodeficiency virus

noun

Definition of human immunodeficiency virus

: hiv

Examples of human immunodeficiency virus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web States that adopt a formulary for prescription drugs would still have to ensure enrollees are able to get the same medications for human immunodeficiency virus and mental health conditions such as depression, according to the guidance. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Trump Administration to Give States Wide Latitude in Medicaid Block-Grant Plan," 30 Jan. 2020 Infectious diseases -- such as human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and malaria, among others -- will kill an estimated 4 million people around the world this year, most of them poor, according to WHO. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Climate crisis, epidemics and drug resistance among next decade's urgent health challenges, WHO says," 14 Jan. 2020 As one more dramatic example, thanks to remarkable advances in antiretroviral drugs, most Americans with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can now look forward to an almost normal life span. Dr. Francis S. Collins, Time, "The Director of the NIH Lays Out His Vision of the Future of Medical Science," 24 Oct. 2019 The human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS can't be cured, but can be kept in check for decades with cocktails of highly effective antiviral medicines. NBC News, "Gay 'chemsex' is fueling HIV epidemics in Europe, experts warn," 12 Sep. 2019 There is no cure for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the life-long viral infection that attacks the body's immune system and can have significant health consequences. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Still HIV negative but at risk of an infection? Take this pill, experts say," 12 June 2019 In the case of the human Immunodeficiency virus, that host cell is a T cell. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 The human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that targets the body’s immune system. Everyday Einstein Sabrina Stierwalt, Scientific American, "Can We Cure HIV?," 25 July 2019 Globally in 2018, some 770,000 people died of AIDS and almost 38 million people were living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes it. NBC News, "U.N. wants more urgency in AIDS fight as gains and funding fade," 17 July 2019

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1986, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2020

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“Human immunodeficiency virus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/human%20immunodeficiency%20virus. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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human immunodeficiency virus

noun

Medical Definition of human immunodeficiency virus

: hiv

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