You’ve just learned that you are HIV-positive. In many people, the initial reaction to the diagnosis is shock. Nowadays, however, HIV drugs mean that HIV has become one of the treatable chronic diseases. Many HIV-positive people who are in treatment have a life expectancy similar to those who don’t have HIV. An HIV infection is still incurable, and patients will always have to take medication, but they can now look forward to a long – and good – life with HIV.