Even though there are currently no drugs for the cure of HIV infection, there is treatment for some opportunistic infections resulting from HIV induced immune deterioration. It should always be recognized that we only treat and cure the associated diseases and symptoms and not HIV itself. In most cases patients don’t die from HIV-infection, but succumb to the complications that the HIV induced immune deterioration cannot handle. With this approach the length and quality of life of the HIV infected patient can be substantially improved.
The purpose of the investigations recommended below is to identify and handle treatable causes of morbidity in HIV infected individuals. Treatment is available for most of the opportunistic infections, and all efforts should be made to deal with all treatable conditions in people with HIV/AIDS. Cancer conditions in HIV positive patients should be managed as in sero-negative individuals.