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Can hiv be cured because i think so because i found out that hepatitis b which is a viral std can be cured which hiv is also viral . ?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Not yet.: Hepatitis b can sometimes be cured with combination antiviral treatment given over 6 to 12 months. Hiv/aids can be controlled for decades with combination antiviral treatment but cannot yet be cured.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 54 years experience
No cure for HIV: Most viruses are cured by the immune system, and a few can be cured with drugs. Hepatitis B is one of these; in most people the immune system clears it up and drug treatment often is effective as well. Unfortunately, HIV is not such a virus. It can be suppressed with treatment, and most people now can expect to live nearly normal lives. There is hope for a cure someday, but not yet.
Last updated Apr 29, 2019


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