How do you treat HIV?

There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.

If we test you for HIV and the result is positive, we will refer you to the HIV specialist clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The doctors there will be able to assess when you need to start antiretroviral tablets.

Although not curable at present, HIV is a treatable infection. Treatments for HIV are very good, and you should be able to lead a healthy life if the diagnosis is made early, before your immunity is damaged. The earlier you can test and be diagnosed if you are HIV positive, the better the physical outcome.

AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS.

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