Classification system for human T-lymphotropic virus type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus infections

D. S. Burke, R. R. Redfield, J. Chin

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Abstract

Infection with the human T-lymphotropic virus type III/lymphadenopathy-associated virus (HTLV-III/LAV) [now human immunodeficiency virus] can manifest as a spectrum of conditions ranging from severe immunodeficiency to asymptomtic infection. Because of the rapid growth of knowledge about this virus, there is a need for a system to classify patients with the various manifestations of infection. The presented system comprises four mutually exclusive groups: I, acute infection; II, asymptomatic infection, III, persistent generalized lymphadenopathy; and IV, other HTLV-III/LAV disease (with five subgroups, A to E, and two subcategories, C-1 and C-2). The classification should be useful in disease reporting and surveillance, epidemiologic studies, prevention and control activities, and public health policy and planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-237
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Volume105
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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