Revised UNAIDS Terminology Guidelines – now available in French, Spanish, Russian

Published: October 1, 2011


These guidelines to UNAIDS’ preferred terminology have been developed for use by staff
members, colleagues in the Programme’s 10 Cosponsoring organisations, and other partners
working in the global response to HIV.

Language shapes beliefs and may influence behaviours. Considered use of appropriate language
has the power to strengthen the global response to the epidemic. UNAIDS is pleased to make
these guidelines to preferred terminology freely available. It is a living, evolving document that is
reviewed on a regular basis. Comments and suggestions for additions, deletions, or modifications
should be sent to

The adjacent boxed list (summary of preferred terminology) highlights the most important points
that we recommend users follow.

These guidelines may be freely copied and reproduced, provided that it is not done so for
commercial gain and the source is mentioned.

French Version

Russian Version

Spanish Version

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