May 12, 2017 | Khalil, Exhibition Developer, Science Museum

The HIV virus attacks your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to other diseases which can shorten your life span.

Antiretroviral drugs help prevent the growth of the virus in the patient, but many are not 100% effective. New versions of these medicines work better and have fewer side effects, so patients starting treatment now are expected to live almost as long as people without HIV.

This is wonderful news, but millions of people in the world with HIV don't have access to treatment or can't afford it.

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