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Nomenclature: Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(1):133. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-1-133
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A subcommittee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses has recommended that the retrovirus isolates identified as causative agents for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) be renamed with a virus group name, human immunodeficiency virus, to be abbreviated HIV. In a letter published in the 9 May issue of Science (1), a majority of the committee members urged adoption of the new name, to eliminate "the multiplicity of names currently in use." The virus has variously been called lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) or human T-lymphotropic virus type III (HTLV-III). In this journal we have used a compound, abbreviated term, HTLV-III/LAV.




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