MEDICINE HELPS BUT THERE IS STILL NO CURE AIDS may no longer be a death sentence because of advancements in medicine but that doesnâ€™t mean you shouldnâ€™t protect yourselves. Among other things, itâ€™s a very expensive disease to live with. You donâ€™t just pay for the medicineâ€”you pay to see a doctor and to get blood work done. And itâ€™s not guaranteed your state or the federal government will pay for any of this because of widespread funding cuts. While people are living longer, 18,000 die each year due to complications with AIDS, according to the CDC.