HIV/AIDS Glossary

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)

Synonym(s): HHV-4, Human Herpesvirus 4

A type of herpesvirus that infects B lymphocytes (B cells). Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is usually asymptomatic but may cause mononucleosis (“mono”). In people with suppressed immune systems, EBV is strongly associated with certain cancers, including Burkitt lymphoma, oral hairy leukoplakia, and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

Related Term(s): Burkitt Lymphoma, Herpesviruses

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