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Is there a cure for HIV?

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According to Mayo Clinic, there is not a safe and effective cure for human immunodeficiency virus as of 2014; however, there are medications that can greatly slow the progression of the disease. HIV impedes the body's ability to fight disease-causing organisms by damaging the immune system.

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According to Mayo Clinic, HIV is an infection that is sexually transmitted. HIV may also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding. If the HIV infection goes untreated, the disease tends to escalate to AIDS within about 10 years. Early symptoms of HIV infection may include fatigue, fever, swollen lymph nodes, shortness of breath, cough, diarrhea and weight loss. Most people infected with HIV develop a flu-like illness within about two months of infection.

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