for Veterans and the Public
HIV is a virus that can multiply quickly in your body and damage your immune system. Even though no cure exists for HIV infection or the later stage of HIV disease known as AIDS, there are many different drugs that can essentially shut down the HIV virus, greatly slow down the damage it does, and allow the immune system to recover. Today's treatments allow most people to live long and healthy lives, and helps prevent transmission of HIV to sex partners.
Without treatment, HIV can make your immune system very weak. Your immune system is what allows your body to fight off infections and cancers. When it is weakened, you will have a hard time staying well.
It is important to talk with your VA health care provider, who can help you make appropriate decisions about HIV treatment.
This lesson can help you decide: