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Is HIV serious?

HIV, or human deficiency virus, is the virus that causes AIDs (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Being infected with HIV is very serious because it can lead to AIDS. Fortunately, with proper medical treatment HIV can be prevented from progressing to AIDS, and AIDs can even be treated, but not cured. The most important thing is to avoid behaviors that put you at risk for acquiring HIV or AIDS.
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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