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HIV infection

Last amended 
16 June 2015

Malignant melanoma of the skin - HIV infection Factor

  • HIV infection is infection with the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV was discovered in 1981.
  • The HIV-1 virus was previously referred to as human T-cell lymphotropic virus type III (HTLV-III), lymphadenopathy-associated virus (LAV) or AIDS-related virus (ARV). HIV-2 was identified in 1986.
  • HIV infection can only be established by a blood test.
  • HIV infection is the cause of AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome).
  • Sexual contact is the major mode of transmission of the infection but it may also be transmitted via blood or blood products.
  • HIV infection is particularly prone to spread among intravenous drug users.

Last reviewed for CCPS 26 September 2007.

Preliminary questions [38752]

17599 there is some evidence that HIV may be a factor in the development of the condition under consideration.

2464     the veteran has been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

28121 the veteran was infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) at the time of the clinical onset of the condition under consideration.

38753  the veteran has established the causal connection between being infected with HIV and operational service for the clinical onset of malignant melanoma of the skin.

Clinical onset and operational service [38753]

2466     the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is causally related to operational service.