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    Cool bearer

    Hi,

    Can I say that someone who suffers from tuberculosis or HIV is a: "tuberculosis bearer "or 'HIV bearer"? What's the most common term?

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    Re: bearer

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    Can I say that someone who suffers from tuberculosis or HIV is a: "tuberculosis bearer "or 'HIV bearer"? What's the most common term?
    If your point is that the person has it, say: "She has tuberculosis," or: "He's HIV-positive."

    If your point is that the person is contagious, you might use the word carrier. It's more common just to add something like: "...and she's contagious," or: "...so don't have sex with him."

    [I'm a copy editor and have tutored university writing.]

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