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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
What is HIV?

HIV is a viral infection that impairs the body’s ability to fight infections. While there is no cure for HIV, it can be effectively managed with antiretroviral medications (ARVs) which prevent severe illness and the progression from HIV to AIDS.

Without treatment, HIV can progress to AIDS. This usually occurs after a span of about 10 years if a person is not treated with antiretroviral medication. AIDS (or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) occurs during the late stages of untreated HIV. The body’s immune system is severely impaired making the person highly susceptible to fatal infections and diseases (like tuberculosis).

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