persons living with HIV/AIDS

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During the first decade of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the usual term was persons living with AIDS (PLWA), but for surveillance purposes PLWHA is preferable because this describes people infected with HIV who are not overtly ill and are able to live a more or less normal life with their symptoms controlled by antiviral medication, as well as persons with overt AIDS. The term puts a positive emphasis on the person's life rather than on the sickness.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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