[+] Live Positive

Today, HIV is something you
can live a healthy life with.

Having HIV has changed

Before the invention of antiretroviral treatments, HIV could lead to AIDS in just a few years—shortening the lives of everyone with the virus. But with early diagnosis and treatment, people with HIV are now living longer than ever.

[+] As of 2013, a 20-year-old person with HIV on antiretroviral treatment in the U.S. or Canada may be able to live into their early 70s.

The way people with HIV live has changed, too. There are lots of places to find support. There's so much information available. And there are more treatment options available than ever.

What is HIV?

Some people still think of AIDS when they
hear HIV. But HIV and AIDS are different.

HIV Statistics in the u.s.

About 1.2 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV*

*By the end of 2011.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Almost 1 in 8 of them don't know they have the virus*

*By the end of 2011.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are an estimated 50,000 new HIV infections per year

As of 2010.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.aids.gov.


But more Americans than ever before are getting tested for HIV

As of 2010.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Other Lab Tests


Watches out for anemia (low red blood count), low platelet count, and some infections


Helps see how well some organs, like your liver or kidneys, are working


Checks for diabetes, urinary tract infections, and other conditions


Diagnoses or monitors diabetes


Measures cholesterol and other risks for heart disease

Tests for Hepatitis A, B, & C

Tests for hepatitis that can affect your liver and complicate HIV treatment

Tests for STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can make your HIV get worse faster if they're not treated