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Is HIV curable?

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As of 2014, HIV is not curable, according to Mayo Clinic. However, there are several medications that slow the progression of the disease. HIV is a sexually transmitted infection that also spreads through contact with infected blood.

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According to Mayo Clinic, there are five classes of anti-HIV medications. They are: non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, protease inhibitors, entry or fusion inhibitors and integrase inhibitors. These medications work by making it difficult for the HIV virus to replicate and enter healthy cells. Patients typically take three drugs from two of the five drug classes to prevent HIV from becoming resistant to any single medication.

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