HIV stands for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus.
Once in the body, if left untreated, the virus weakens the immune system by attacking the cells that help the body fight off infections and diseases.
There is no cure or vaccine for HIV. However, with early diagnosis, HIV is now a treatable and manageable condition.
HIV can be treated by taking antiretroviral (ART) medication. Although it can’t be completely cured, effective treatment means you can live a long healthy life. If you start treatment early, after a few months you should have the virus under control. This means that you won’t transmit HIV to other people through sexual contact.