HIV i-Base

Selected words and phrases

ARV – a drug that works against a retrovirus, eg treatment for HIV. See: antiretroviral.

portal hypertension – increased blood pressure (hypertension) in the vein carrying blood to the liver.

C-section – Caesarean section, procedure to deliver a baby that involves making a cut through the abdominal wall to surgically remove the infant from the uterus.

qualitative (in a study) – where what is being measured either fits one of several categories, or includes descriptive results.

CSF – cerebral spinal fluid – the fluid that circulates around the brain and spinal column.