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Benefits of HIV Drugs Show Smaller-Than-Expected Gain

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Researchers say the proportion of HIV-positive patients in the United States whose infection with the AIDS virus are effectively controlled by drugs jumped from 45 to 72 percent during the past decade. But despite this impressive 60 percent gain in viral suppression rates, the new analysis falls short of previous estimates. The finding is important […]

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US Approves First Drug to Reduce Risk of HIV Infection

Posted July 16th, 2012 at 6:55 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. officials have approved what they say is the first drug on the market that reduces the risk of HIV infection in those who are free of the virus that causes AIDS. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Monday said the drug Truvada now can be used daily in combination with safer sex practices to […]

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US Health Regulators Approve First At-Home HIV Test

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. health regulators have approved the first over-the-counter, self-administered test for HIV, enabling Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS. The Food and Drug Administration approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test on Tuesday. The test detects HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab and is designed to deliver results within 20 […]

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US Panel Urges FDA Approval of Home HIV Test

Posted May 15th, 2012 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A panel of experts is urging federal approval of a home test for HIV — the virus that causes AIDS. If the U.S. Food and Drug Administration follows the recommendation of the advsiory panel, consumers may be able to buy OraQuick at their drug stores in the near future. OraQuick uses a mouth swab and […]

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Study: Preventive Treatment Project Averts 100,000 HIV Cases in India

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A new study published in a British medical journal says a campaign targeting India’s most vulnerable communities may have prevented 100,000 HIV infections over a 5-year period. The program provided preventive treatment – such as safe-sex counseling and clinical services – to high-risk groups in six Indian states that had the highest instances of the […]

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Study: Contraceptive Popular in Africa Doubles HIV Risk

Posted October 4th, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A major study has found that a hormonal contraceptive widely used in Africa appears to double a woman’s chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The study also suggests that when HIV-positive women used the injectable contraceptive, their male partners were twice as likely to become infected compared to male partners of women […]

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23 Indian Children Get HIV from Transfusions

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 7:20 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in western India say at least 23 children suffering from a rare genetic disorder have tested positive for HIV after receiving tainted blood transfusions. Officials say the youngsters’ HIV status was discovered at Junagadh Civil Hospital where they were among at least 100 thalassemic children receiving regular transfusions. Gujarat Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas […]

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South Africa to Provide More AIDS Drugs

Posted August 13th, 2011 at 6:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The South African government has expanded its AIDS program to allow people who have the HIV virus to start antiretroviral treatment earlier. South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe says all HIV patients will be put on life-saving antiretroviral drugs when their white blood cell level, known as their CD4 count, drops to 350. Previously, state […]

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Obama Urges Americans to Get Tested for HIV

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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President Barack Obama is urging Americans to get tested for HIV. In a statement Monday on National HIV Testing Day, the president said “one in five Americans living with HIV is not aware of their infection.” He highlighted the importance of making sure people know their status, as well as getting treatment for those who […]

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Mother to Child HIV Transmission Drops in Sout Africa

Posted June 10th, 2011 at 2:35 am (UTC-5)
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South African health officials say a new program aimed at stopping mother to child transmission of HIV has prevented thousands of babies from becoming infected with the virus. The South African Medical Research Council says data just released at the 2011 AIDS Conference in Durban show the HIV transmission rate between mother and child has […]

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