Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before. You should start medical care and begin HIV treatment as soon as you are diagnosed with HIV. Taking medicine to treat HIV (called antiretroviral therapy or ART) is recommended for all people with HIV.
Taking medicine to treat HIV slows the progression of HIV and helps protect your immune system. The medicine can keep you healthy for many years. Staying in care and maintaining an undetectable viral load means there is effectively zero risk of transmitting HIV to your sexual partners.