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Medline NLM term definition: an acquired defect of cellular immunity associated with infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), a CD4-positive T-lymphocyte count under 200 cells/microliter or less than 14% of total lymphocytes, and increased susceptibility to opportunistic infections and malignant neoplasms. Clinical manifestations also include emaciation (wasting) and dementia. These elements reflect criteria for AIDS as defined by the CDC in 1993.

AIDS: factsheet from NINDS, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (US site)

AIDS: information from the NHS website

HIV and AIDS: information from Patient UK website

PubMed Medline search on AIDS

Support Groups

Terrence Higgins Trust
THT was one of the first charities to be set up in response to the HIV epidemic.

National AIDS Trust
NAT is the UK's leading charity dedicated to transforming society's response to HIV.

Positively UK
Positively UK provides peer-led support, advocacy and information to women, men and young people living with HIV to manage any aspect of their diagnosis, care and managing life with HIV. Working in partnership with the NHS their peer work is integrated at clinics across London. They also provide outreach in prisons across London reaching some of the most vulnerable affected by HIV. They run a range of peer-led support groups for women, heterosexual men and women, gay men and African communities. Their programme of workshops support people with a new HIV diagnosis, those managing pregnancy and develop self-management skills. 

aidsmap
NAM works to change lives by sharing information about HIV and AIDS. We believe independent, clear and accurate information is vital in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.


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