Definitions for "HIV Disease"
The entire spectrum of the natural history of the human immunodeficiency virus, from post infection through the clinical definition of AIDS.
Characterized by a gradual deterioration of immune function. During the course of infection, crucial immune cells called CD4+ T cells are disabled and killed, and their numbers progressively decline. CD4+ T cells play a crucial role in the immune response, signaling other cells in the immune system to perform their special functions. See also Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; CD4 (T4) or CD4+ Cells; Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1.
the broad spectrum of opportunistic infections and diseases that occur in an individual infected with the human immunodeficiency virus.