There’s no cure for HIV, but medication can slow down the damage it causes. Treatments help you live longer and lower your chances of giving HIV to anyone else.

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What’s the treatment for HIV?

There’s no cure for HIV or AIDS, but there are treatments that help people with HIV live long, healthy lives. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is a combination of medicines that lower the amount of HIV in your blood — sometimes to the point where your HIV won’t show up on tests. ART can help you stay healthy for many years, and lower your risk of giving HIV to anyone else.

Paying attention to your lifestyle can help you stay healthy too. This means eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising, learning how to deal with stress, and avoiding alcohol, smoking, and drugs.

Where can I get treated for HIV?

It’s important to find a doctor who has experience treating HIV. Your local Planned Parenthood health center can help you get the treatment you need. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a hotline you can call for help finding a doctor near you: 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).