What would you like to do?

What name did the CDC have for HIV before it was HIV?

already exists.

Would you like to merge this question into it?

already exists as an alternate of this question.

Would you like to make it the primary and merge this question into it?

exists and is an alternate of .

Former Names For HIVI'm not sure there is a clear answer to this, due to how the question is worded.
Part of this comes from the separation of HIV from AIDS as source vs. medical condition. The other part comes from the timeline that extends long before what most consider the beginning of HIV and AIDS (circa 1980 or slightly before).
AIDS was originally called HTLV-3. HTLV-1 is distantly related to HIV and is found mostly in Japan and the Caribbean,... www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Infections/Archive/STDs/Q5161.HTML
An incorrect, but common answer would be GRID(Gay Related Immunodeficiency Syndrome), which was rejected by the CDC. Source and original citation: http://biotech.law.lsu.edu/Books/lbb/x590.htm#fnB129
In short, if another name can be identified by another contributor, I think it might miss the bigger issue which ties all the different names used during the evolution and continued understanding of HIV and AIDS.
Read on for more from WikiAnswers contributors:
  • Previous names for the HIV are:
  • lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV)
  • human T-lymphotropic virus-III (HTLV-III)
  • AIDS-associated retrovirus (ARV)

The first name for HIV that was officially adopted by the CDC (in 1984) was human T-lymphotropic virus-III (HTLV-III).
In 1981, when the syndrome that is now known as AIDS was first observed in a cluster of gay men in California, the CDC did in fact refer to it as GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency); but this was replaced with the term AIDS (in September 1982) when it was realised that it was not just gay men who were affected.
The previous answer states that AIDS was originally known as HTLV-3. This is not correct - and you will no doubt also note that careful reading of the cited source: "HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was originally called HTLV-3" does not actually say that either.
The original name for HIV (which is not the same as AIDS) was lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) and was first used by Luc Montagnier when he announced the discovery of the virus in 1983. (this name was however never officially adopted by the CDC).
The term human T-lymphotropic virus-III (HTLV-III) has only ever referred to HIV - and was first used by Robert Gallo in 1984 (a full two years after the term AIDS had been officially adopted by the CDC).
The term human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was first agreed and officially adopted in 1986.
Given that HIV and AIDS are not interchangeable terms and that HIV was not even discovered until 1983, any other "timelines" are wholly irrelevant.

It is only with the benefit of hindsight that isolated instances (spanning back to the late 1950s), of people mysteriously developing unexplained (and unnamed) immune deficient conditions, have been tied back to what we now know as HIV and AIDS.
30 people found this useful
Thanks for the feedback!

What is HIV?

HIV . HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is an incurable virus, which can cause a life-threatening condition called AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).. A person w

What are CDC stages of HIV?

  The CDC classifies the stages of HIV using both a letter and a number (i.e. A3, B1). The letter (A through C) represents a person's immunological status. This can be aff

What is HIV and what does it do?

HIV is a sickness that kills the helper T cells (keep memory of what a sickness does and how to kill it). We normally have about 1000 helper T's, but when we get below 400, we

What can you not do if you have HIV?

You cant have unprotected sex. You can't share needles. You can't travel to many countries. You can't play contact sports such as rugby. You can't, or shouldn't, become a teac

How can not you get HIV?

well you cant drink like go clubing and drink all the tine day  after day, and get drunk or else you well get hiv. also by having  sex all the time (WHO EVER WROTE THIS IS A

Why do you have HIV?

because you touch tomato sauce and a burger bites you on you little finger and all ur skin falls of and turns to HIV which falls onto your bum from the ground ....... word out

Why is it named HIV?

HIV Stands For Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV Is An Infection By The Human Immunodeficiency Virus... Hope It Helped . x

How can you no if you have hiv?

The only way to know for sure whether you are infected is to be tested. This involves a blood test described later in this section. You cannot rely on symptoms to know wheth

What an HIV?

HIV is an acronym. It refers to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).