Rapid Oral HIV Test Glossary of Terms

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Acquired: Not inherited, or present at birth (congenital), but developing after birth. For...

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Antibody: An immunoglobulin, a specialized immune protein, produced because of the introdu...

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CDC: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US agency charged with tracking a...

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The US agency charged with tracking and invest...

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FDA: Food and Drug Administration.

HIV: Acronym for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, the cause of AIDS (acquired immunodefi...

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HIV test: A test for the human immunodeficiency virus, the cause of AIDS. HIV tests are de...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Internal medicine: The medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and medical treatment ...

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Labor: Childbirth, the process of delivering a baby and the placenta, membranes, and umbil...

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Pharmacy: A location where prescription medications are sold. A pharmacy is constantly sup...

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Plasma: The liquid part of the blood and lymphatic fluid, which makes up about half of the...

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Public health: The approach to medicine that is concerned with the health of the community...

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Retrovirus: A virus that is composed not of DNA but of RNA. Retroviruses have an enzyme, c...

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STAT: A common medical abbreviation for urgent or rush. From the Latin word statum, meanin...

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Stat: See: STAT.

Virus: A microorganism that is smaller than a bacterium that cannot grow or reproduce apar...

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Western blot: A technique in molecular biology that is used to separate and identify parti...

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