Meaning of “HIV” in the English Dictionary

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"HIV" in British English

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HIVnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌeɪtʃ.aɪˈviː/ us /ˌeɪtʃ.aɪˈviː/

abbreviation for human immunodeficiency virus: the virus that causes AIDS (= a serious disease that destroys the body's ability to fight infection)

Examples

  • The HIV virus gradually destroys the body's immune system.
  • We were shown a video about HIV and AIDS, made by someone who has lived with HIV for five years.

Examples from literature

  • These are diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV, and malaria. 

(Definition of “HIV” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"HIV" in American English

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HIVnoun [ U ]

/ˈeɪtʃˌɑɪˈvi/

abbreviation for human immunodeficiency virus (= the virus that causes AIDS)

HIV-positive

Someone who is HIV-positive is infected with HIV but might not have AIDS, or might not develop it for a long time.

(Definition of “HIV” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)