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What is the duration of HIV?

HIV lasts for a lifetime. If untreated, HIV infection will likely progress to AIDS after a period of time, usually eight to ten years. Proper treatment followed strictly can postpone the advance of the disease for years or even decades, and improve the quality of life for those living with the virus.

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