(PCOS; Stein Leventhal Syndrome; Polyfollicular Ovarian Appearance; Hyperandrogenic Anovulation; Polycystic Ovarian Disease; PCO; PCOD)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – Definition
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a chronic endocrine disorder in women. Characteristics of PCOS are:
- High levels of male hormones (androgens)
- Insulin resistance
- Hair growth on face and body
- Anovulation — when the ovaries mature few or no eggs
(Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome)
HIV and AIDS – Definition
HIV is a virus that attacks white blood cells called helper T cells (CD4). These cells are part of the immune system. They fight off infections and disease. As a result, an HIV infection can leave you vulnerable to severe illnesses.
AIDS is a late stage of HIV infection. It reflects severe damage to the immune system. One or more opportunistic infections will also likely exist. This is a type of infection that only occurs in people with compromised immune systems.