JOSEPH D. DIAZ, M.D.; ALBERTO BERMAN, M.D.; RICHARD F. LOCKEY, M.D.; LUIS R. ESPINOZA, M.D.
DIAZ JD, BERMAN A, LOCKEY RF, ESPINOZA LR. Classification Systems for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Ann Intern Med. 1988;108:155-156. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-155_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):155-156.
To the editor: Several classification systems based on clinical and immunologic profiles have been proposed for patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (1, 2). A single classification system is preferable. Such a classification should increase awareness of the spectrum of HIV infection, provide a uniform nomenclature for clinical staging, facilitate understanding of the natural history of HIV disease, aid in disease surveillance and reporting, and help in evaluation of response to HIV therapy. This system should also provide a basis for standardizing clinical and epidemiologic studies, analyzing morbidity and mortality associated with HIV, and developing criteria for disability
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