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HIV is an autoimmune disease caused by a virus that destroys the body's immune system, which is your natural barrier against invading pathogens and other environmental toxins. You can get this infection by contact between HIV-infected blood, broken skin, wounds, and blood-contaminated body fluids. There are various stages of HIV infection; acute infection, latent period and the most severe stage, acquired immune deficiency syndrome or more commonly known as "AIDS". Without treatment, you are at a higher risk of developing the most severe stage (AIDS), which overwhelm your immune system and damages it so badly that chances of getting opportunistic infections by other pathogens are greatly increased.

There are approximately 1.3 million persons aged 14 and older living with HIV and AIDS in the United States alone, including more than 1.6 million clinically undiagnosed cases. Globally, this number has reached 36.7 million infected cases.

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. AIDS is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

How is it treated?

Antiviral Medication. HIV/AIDS is treated with a variety of antiviral medications: fusion inhibitors, protease inhibitors and RT inhibitors are the most common.

Recovery Time

AIDS / HIV is Incurable. HIV/AIDS is incurable; as such treatment is aimed at slowing progression and treating symptoms.

Can I have sex?

Yes. Partners should be informed of your condition and condoms/dams should be used consistently.

Can I get re-infected?

No. HIV is incurable; once you are infected, you will carry the disease with your for life.