There is currently no cure for HIV infection. However there is treatment that make it possible for someone to live with HIV but avoid getting sick with AIDS. Effective antiretroviral (ARV) drugs can control the virus and help prevent transmission so that people with HIV, and those at substantial risk, can enjoy healthy and productive lives. ARVs help to prevent HIV from multiplying, and this helps the immune system “catch up” by killing off infected cells and letting new immune cells survive. This helps the immune system to “rebuild” itself

ARVs help to prolong and improve the quality of life of those infected with HIV.

Most current ARVs well tolerated with few side effects.