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  1. HIV: Is a Cure in Reach?

    Announcements of possible "cures" in two HIV-infected babies brought new hope for HIV research and treatment. These so-called cures were actually remissions: The babies stopped testing positive for HIV.  Now, one of them is testing positive for HIV again. The treatments at least held the virus at ba

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  2. Girl Thought Cured of HIV Shows Signs of Infection

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Mississippi girl born with HIV who was thought to be cured by immediate and aggressive drug treatment has relapsed, with new tests showing detectable levels of the AIDS-causing virus in her bloodstream, disappointed

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  3. HIV Patients Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While medications are helping HIV-positive people avoid developing full-blown AIDS indefinitely, a new study finds that cancer patients with HIV are up to four times less likely to be treated for their tumors. The research

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  4. HIV Prevention Drug May Lower Genital Herpes Risk

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination drug used to treat and prevent HIV -- Truvada -- may have an additional benefit: lowering the risk of a genital herpes infection, a new study suggests. Researchers found that African heterosexuals who were at

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  5. Study: Common HIV Drug May Boost Suicide Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, June 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A medication commonly used to treat HIV appears to double the risk that patients will develop suicidal thoughts or take their lives, new research contends. The finding concerns the anti-HIV drug efavirenz, which is marketed a

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  6. Many Unaware of HIV Status Until It's Advanced

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Few patients treated at U.S. emergency departments have HIV, but those who do test positive for the virus are in the most infectious stage or have already developed AIDS, a new study says. "People may believe that HIV an

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  7. CDC Urges Anti-HIV Pill for People at High Risk

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People deemed to be at high risk for contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, should take anti-HIV medicines that seem to cut transmission risk, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.

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  8. Hepatitis C Patients With HIV May Face Higher Risk of Liver Disease

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Among people with hepatitis C, the risk of serious liver disease is much higher in those who also have HIV than in those without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study finds. This is true even among patients with HIV who

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  9. Vaginal Gel Might Prevent HIV Hours After Exposure

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaginal gel has the potential to protect women from HIV, even if it is applied several hours after sex, animal research suggests. The antimicrobial gel protected five out of six monkeys from a hybrid simian/hum

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  10. Cautious Optimism About 'Cure' for Babies With HIV

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The hope that newborns can be "cured" of HIV -- the virus that causes AIDS -- with early, aggressive drug treatment was bolstered this week with the announcement that a second baby appears to be free of the virus follo

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