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GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency)

Before the term acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, was decided upon as the official name for the immune system disorder that was first identified in 1981, a variety of different terms were used for the syndrome. Chief among these was GRID (gay-related immune deficiency). Other gay-specific terms that predated the term AIDS included gay lymph node syndrome, gay cancer, gay plague, homosexual syndrome, community-acquired immunodeficiency (CAID), and acquired community immunodeficiency syndrome (ACIDS).