As of 2015, there is no cure for human immunodeficiency virus that is safe or effective, states the CDC. A person with HIV has it for the rest of his life. Most reports of HIV being cured involve people with HIV that are treated for a cancer that was life-threatening.
Antiretroviral therapy helps prolong the life of a person with HIV and reduce the risk of passing the virus on to others, explains the CDC. This treatment helps many people with HIV keep the virus from developing into acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, for a much longer period of time. People who are treated before HIV is advanced can have an almost-normal life expectancy.