Welcome to the Brothers for Life page on general HIV information. You might have found this page because you are looking for information on stages and symptoms of HIV but remember the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested! Getting tested can be a nerve-wracking experience but whether you test negative, or positive, you are still the same person. If you test positive there is treatment available which will help you live a long and healthy life with HIV. Knowing why HIV cannot yet be cured is useful for understanding why ARVs need to taken every day without skipping or stopping.