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AIDS or HIV/AIDS

For several years, Gideon has listed two seemingly separate “diseases” among its many files:   “AIDS”   and    “HIV infection – initial illness”   The latter was added to allow for inclusion of acute infection in the Diagnosis module.  A discussion of epidemiology, therapy, etc in other modules has been maintained only under the heading “AIDS”   One problem with this terminology was related to outbreaks of HIV infection (ie, associated with use of contaminated needles).  These were listed in GIDEON as “outbreaks of AIDS” – but were, in fact, outbreaks of HIV infection.  To solve this semantic difficulty, we have changed the designation “AIDS” to “HIV/AIDS”

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