However, there is no cure. The body is not able to get rid of HIV, so once someone has HIV, it is in the body for life and a person will need to take treatment every day.

The anti-HIV treatments, called anti-retroviral drugs, come in different combinations. When people living with HIV take the drugs regularly, they are usually able to live healthier lives for longer. Because treatments are so effective and available, unlike the early days of HIV in the 1980s and 1990s, fewer people now die from HIV or AIDS in the South West.

Sticking to the correct treatment for HIV reduces the risk of transmission and improves and lengthens the lives of people who are HIV+. Click here for more information about the benefits of treatment.