In this draft Varmus reviewed the contentious scientific, medical, and political issues surrounding the work of a subcommittee
of the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses that was charged with the task of proposing a uniform nomenclature
for the human retrovirus that causes AIDS. After more than a year of deliberations, the subcommittee, which Varmus chaired,
proposed the name human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV.
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10 April 1986
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Regents of the University of California.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Terminology as Topic
AIDS and HIV: Science, Politics, and Controversy, 1981-1993