Sunday, April 16, 2006

Terminology guidelines

Source:  UN Secretariat


One of the most common misuses of language relates to “HIV/AIDS or HIV and AIDS”. This terminology is no longer considered appropriate and in most cases the two terms should not be used together.   UNAIDS documents should either use  ' HIV ' or use  ' AIDS ', when most appropriate.  The following examples which are included in the revised Editor’s notes should provide more guidance and are reproduced below for easy reference .


Old usage

Current preferred usage



HIV unless specifically referring to AIDS


AIDS diagnosis; HIV-related disease

HIV/AIDS epidemic

AIDS epidemic or HIV epidemic

HIV/AIDS prevalence

HIV prevalence

HIV/AIDS prevention

HIV prevention

HIV/AIDS testing

HIV testing

People living with HIV/AIDS

People living with HIV



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