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HIV weakens the body’s immune system and is usually passed on through vaginal or anal sex without using a condom. Once someone has HIV, it remains in their body for the rest of their life. People diagnosed with HIV are said to be living with HIV. 

There’s currently no cure for HIV. However, there is effective treatment that enables most people with HIV to live a healthy life with a normal life expectancy, especially if diagnosed soon after getting the virus. After 6 months of successful treatment, a person living with HIV can’t transmit it to sexual partners. This is known as ‘undetectable equals untransmittable’ or U=U. 


  • Flu like symptoms – fever, headache, aches and pains
  • Rashes
  • No symptoms

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