General Information About HIV

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. There is currently no effective cure for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. If HIV is not treated, it can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). Currently, there is no effective cure for HIV. Once people get HIV, they have it for life. People with HIV who get effective HIV treatment can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.

HIV can progress into three stages when HIV treatment is not taken. But HIV treatment can slow or prevent the progression of the disease. With advances in HIV treatment, progression to Stage 3 (AIDS) is less common today than in the early years of HIV.

Most people will have flu-like symptoms within 2 to 4 weeks after infection. Symptoms may last for a few days or several weeks. Some people have no symptoms at all. The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.

To learn more about the signs and symptoms of HIV, visit: About HIV/AIDS | HIV Basics | HIV/AIDS | CDC