Once HlV is diagnosed, you will be given a number of tests to monitor the stage of the infection and to determine if or when treatment should be started.
At the moment, there is no cure for HlV or AIDS, but there are drugs, known as Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) or combination therapy, that reduce the level of HlV in the blood and prevent or delay the development of AIDS. Most people with HlV are benefitted from these treatments, such as live longer and have better health than those had not taken them. There are also treatments available that can help prevent or treat many of the illnesses that people with HlV are more likely to get.
The treatments for HlV can be difficult to take and they can have unpleasant side effects. Our doctor can give you full information about options, side effects and long-term effects of the treatments.