- By Laurel Kelly
Consumer Health: Treating and living with HIV and AIDS
World AIDS Day will be observed today, Tuesday, Dec. 1, which makes this a good time to learn more about treating this chronic, potentially life-threatening condition.
AIDS is caused by HIV. By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body's ability to fight infection and disease. Thanks to better antiviral treatments, most people with HIV in the U.S. today don't develop AIDS. If left untreated, HIV infection typically develops into AIDS in eight to 10 years.
People with HIV and AIDS are living longer and better, thanks to improved treatments. But knowing your status is an important first step. There's no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease and control the virus.
Learn more about the treatment options your health care provider may recommend for you.