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How is acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) treated?

There are many treatments available for AIDS, but it's important to realize that none of them cure AIDS. The best they can do is control it. 

The main drugs used to treat HIV or AIDS block the ability of the virus to make copies of itself. Current thinking is that it's best to combine at least three different drugs from at least two different classes of medication for treatment. This prevents the virus from quickly developing resistance to treatment.

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