What are the symptoms of HIV/AIDS?
The first signs of HIV infection may be flu-like symptoms:
These symptoms may come and go within two to four weeks. This stage is called acute HIV infection.
If the infection is not treated, it becomes chronic HIV infection. Often, there are no symptoms during this stage. If it is not treated, eventually the virus will weaken your body's immune system. Then the infection will progress to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This is the late stage of HIV infection. With AIDS, your immune system is badly damaged. You can get more and more severe infections. These are known as opportunistic infections or comorbidities.
Some people may not feel sick during the earlier stages of HIV infection. So the only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.
What are the treatments for HIV/AIDS?
There is no cure for Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection, but it can be treated with medicines. This is called antiretroviral therapy . Antiretroviral therapy can make HIV infection a manageable chronic condition. It also reduces the risk of spreading the virus to others.
Most people with HIV live long and healthy lives if they get and stay on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy . It's also important to take care of yourself. Making sure that you have the support you need, living a healthy lifestyle, and getting regular medical care can help you enjoy a better quality of life.
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