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If you become HIV infected will you necessarily get AIDS?


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September 06, 2010 9:55AM

HIV treatment stops people progressing to AIDS. So the answer to this question is 'no', but you need to have access to treatment before your immune system becomes very damaged.

Without treatment nearly everyone will see their CD4 count drop until they are at risk of of the infections that define the condition called AIDS.

For some people can happen within a year of being infection, but for most people it takes 5-10 years.

25% people can still be healthy without treatment after 10 years.