Can We Say Goodbye to the Word AIDS?

May 5, 2016

Can We Say Goodbye to the Word AIDS?

What do we lose by freeing ourselves from the word AIDS -- or, what might we have to gain?

It's a question provoked by advances in HIV treatment and care and changes in the way that people live with and experience HIV and AIDS.

"I think that a diagnosis of AIDS, and what it means, is historic in a lot of ways," said Hyman Scott, M.D., an HIV infectious disease physician at San Francisco Department of Public Health. "An AIDS diagnosis in 2016 is not the same as an AIDS diagnosis in 1986 if someone starts treatment right away."

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