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No cure for HIV yet, but early diagnosis may help lead longer lives

An HIV patient who has received timely treatment can live a normal and long life without progressing to late stage HIV

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HIV/AIDS | HIV virus | HIV cure

Anil Jotwani 

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Following a positive diagnosis, the patient should be retested before they are enrolled in treatment and care to rule out any potential testing or reporting error | Photo: Shutterstock

Most people confuse HIV and AIDS. While HIV is the virus that attacks the immune system, AIDS, also known as late stage HIV, is a set of symptoms that are manifested due to an immune system seriously damaged by HIV. Though there is no cure for HIV, early diagnosis can aid in timely initiation of antiretroviral therapy that can stop the virus from damaging the immune system. An HIV patient who has received timely treatment can live a normal and long life without progressing to late stage HIV.

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First Published: Sun, March 22 2020. 01:07 IST