HIV/AIDS Glossary

Conjunctivitis

Synonym(s): Pink Eye, Red Eye

Inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, which is the mucous membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye. Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by a bacterial or viral infection, an allergic reaction, or a blocked tear duct (in babies). Conjunctivitis can also occur as part of a hypersensitivity reaction to certain antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

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