AIDS / HIV: Overview, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Complications

Do I have AIDS / HIV?

Take our quick quiz to find out if you could have HIV, including individual recommendations!

HIV Symptom Checker

Of all the different STD testing procedures available, screening for HIV might be the most nerve wracking to wait on. When same day STD testing is desired, but costs are a concern, there are solutions. At STD Authority, we provide confidential STD testing at highly affordable rates. Our screening procedures include the HIV RNA (accurate, early HIV detection) test, among others.

We work closely with a large network of laboratories to make certain that people without insurance or who are under-insured can afford to get the HIV test and a variety of other STD testing procedures performed. It is our mission to be the leading provider of confidential, reliable and affordable testing procedures.

When there is a need for the HIV test procedure, we’ve found that a lot of questions crop up. Below we have answered some of the most common we encounter:

What is HIV / AIDS?

AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the name given to the late stages of the disease caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). This virus attacks the cells of the immune system making it difficult, if not impossible, to fight off illness.


HIV is most often contracted during sex:

  • Anal Sex
  • Oral Sex
  • Vaginal Sex

Other methods of transmission include:

There is also a correlation between infection with another STD and susceptibility to HIV.

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

No. Viruses don't have cures, but symptoms can be controlled with proper treatment.

Type of Infection

Viral. AIDS is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

How is it treated?

Antiviral Medication. HIV/AIDS is treated with a variety of antiviral medications: fusion inhibitors, protease inhibitors and RT inhibitors are the most common.

Recovery Time

AIDS / HIV is Incurable. HIV/AIDS is incurable; as such treatment is aimed at slowing progression and treating symptoms.

Can I have sex?

Yes. Partners should be informed of your condition and condoms/dams should be used consistently.

Can I get re-infected?

No. HIV is incurable; once you are infected, you will carry the disease with your for life.