HIV, which is short for Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, weakening it over time. This makes it difficult or impossible for the body to fight off infections and some diseases. If left untreated, HIV can progress into AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, the last stage of HIV infection.
While some don’t exhibit any of the following, initial HIV symptoms can occur between 2 and 4 weeks after exposure and may include chills, fever, rash, muscle aches, night sweats, sore throat, mouth ulcers and more.
Currently, there is no cure for HIV. While this may be, modern medical treatments are extremely effective at controlling HIV and, when taken routinely, help people live long, healthy lives.
In most cases, HIV can only impact your lifespan if you are not receiving treatment. Failure to receive treatment will result in HIV progressing to AIDS, which can be fatal.
Antiretroviral therapy, a.k.a. ART, is the most common treatment for HIV. When taken on a regular basis, ART can greatly reduce the content levels of HIV in a person’s blood. ART may come in the form of one pill or several to be taken together.
You should begin treatment as soon as possible after receiving an HIV diagnosis. Delaying treatment may speed up the progression of HIV into AIDS, which can be life threatening.
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By keeping up with medical treatments, you can take control of your life and live fully.