Definitions for "Human immunodeficiency virus"
infects and destroys immune cells and causes AIDS.
a virus causing acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) that is transmitted by sexual intercourse and blood and blood products. AIDS is associated with a high risk of Kaposi's sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other lymphatic cancers.
A virus that gradually suppresses the immune system, eventually leading to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). HIV is transmitted through blood, through sexual contact, and sometimes from mother to child during pregnancy or the birthing process.