How do you treat HIV?

There is no cure for HIV but it is treatable. If we test you for HIV and the result is positive, we will refer you to a specialist HIV clinic that is convenient for you to attend. The doctors there will be able to assess when you need to start antiretroviral (anti-HIV) tablets.

Treatments for HIV are very good, and you should be able to lead a long and healthy life if the diagnosis is made early, before you become seriously ill. The earlier you are tested and HIV is diagnosed, 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, extremely few people with HIV will go on to develop AIDS.

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