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Is HIV serious?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a life-threatening disease. If untreated, HIV will likely develop into AIDS after eight or ten years. There is no cure or vaccination for HIV. The drugs that are currently used to treat HIV/AIDS can have devastating side effects. Many advances have been made in the treatment of HIV, and scientists continue to search for a vaccination and a cure. Those infected with HIV need to take their medications exactly as prescribed, work with health providers to develop a good program for healthy living, and learn how to not spread the disease or suffer opportunistic infections.

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