Does HIV always lead to AIDS?

Dr. David explains how treatment can help keep HIV in check.

Not everyone who has HIV progresses to AIDS. An individual diagnosed with HIV today who takes their antiretroviral (ARV) medication every day as prescribed can live a normal, healthy lifespan. They can also have children without HIV.

ARVs work to lower the viral load of an individual with HIV, often to levels that are undetectable by standard lab tests. In addition to improving health, getting and keeping a low viral load also prevents the spread of the virus.

There are many different ARVs available today that are highly effective at treating HIV, including some that are combined into a single pill. A healthcare provider can advise on the best treatment regimen.

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