Are you going to die? Yes, but not necessarily any sooner than you would had you remained HIV- and presuming you have access to medications which run about $13,000 a year and are not infected with one of the drug-resistant strains. But your life will become significantly more complicated at times. Today, there are numerous pharmaceutical treatments for controlling the HIV virus in your body. Unless you are one of the unlucky few for whom there are no drugs yet available to control the acquired strain of virus, you will probably have a somewhat normal life.
But these drugs come with varying side effects.
We can also share that many of those who live with HIV also deal with significantly more mental stress, feelings of guilt, loss of self esteem and discrimination.