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Introduction

HIVIAIDS and HIVIAIDS-Related Terminology: A Means of Organizing the Body ofKnowledge has evolved from an effort to organize collections of information on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Existing systems, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), Sears, and those specific to HIV/AIDS, do not adequately represent the complex, cross-disciplinary nature of the disease. General works-ones not limited to HIV/AIDS (LCSH, MeSH, and Searsj-fail to represent the intricacies of the malady; while those that have been produced in response to the illness and its impact on various communities do not include specifics conceming biomedical aspects of HIV and associated diseases and infections. HIVIAIDS and HIVIAIDS-Related Terminology: A Means of Organizing the Body of Knowledge represents the multifaceted body of HIVIAIDS knowledge as it is reflected in such basic works as the following:

The AIDS Knowledge Base Dictionary ofAIDS Related Terminology Textbook ofAIDS Medicine AIDS: Etiology, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention AIDS Information Network Educational Materials Database Thesaurus HIVIAIDS Curriculum Medical Subject Headings: Annotated Alphabetic List Medical Subject Headings : Tree Structures

Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH, is the premier controlled vocabulary for medical and biomedical topics in the English language. Because of its importance and excellence in these areas, terms common to MeSH in this work are indicated with an asterisk (e.g., Chemistry*). When the term in this vocabulary is different from MeSH only in that it is presented in a singular or noninverted form, it is indicated with a "greater than" sign (e.g., Provirus » . These notations are made for two reasons: first, it indicates that the term is likely to be found often in the biomedical literature; and second, it leads people familiar with the MeSH tools to these resources, iffurther specificity is needed to provide access to a topic.