There is no cure for HIV but if diagnosed early and with the right treatment it is possible to have the same healthy life expectancy as someone who does not have HIV. Although there have been many deaths there has also been many people who acquired HIV in the early 1980s and are still living healthy and well today. Some of them have always been well and some were unwell until effective treatments came out in the 1990s. These days, HIV is now considered a chronic health condition, not a terminal illness.