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  1. Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV for Gay Men

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There's new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner. The strategy is known as "pre-exposure

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  2. Why Child Who Appeared HIV-Free Suffered Relapse

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment,

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  3. New, Aggressive HIV Strain in Cuba

    Feb. 16, 2015 -- A new, highly-aggressive HIV strain has been identified in some patients in Cuba, according to researchers. They said untreated infection with the CRF19 strain -- a combination of HIV subtypes A, D and G -- can develop into AIDS within three years, and that progression occurs so qui

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  4. Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. I

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  5. HIV Tied to Worse Hearing in Older Adults

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the AIDS-causing virus. Researchers led by Peter Torre, of San Diego State University, assessed the hearing of 262 men

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  6. Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall. In the country of Botswana, at least, "anyone w

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  7. Most Americans With HIV Don't Have It Under Control

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer than one-third of Americans living with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, with many either not receiving regular medical care or unaware they carry the virus, a new U.S. study finds. The U.S. Centers for Di

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  8. Semen Boosts HIV's Ability to Infect Cells: Study

    Nov. 13, 2014 -- Semen increases HIV's ability to infect cells, which may explain why it's so difficult to develop genital creams or gels to protect against the AIDS-causing virus, a new study says. "We think this may be one of the factors explaining why so many drugs that efficiently blocked HIV in

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  9. Peers Best at Persuading People to Get HIV Test

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The best way to get people at high risk for HIV tested for the AIDS-causing virus is to have other high-risk people do the convincing, a new study suggests. This approach worked especially when the people doing the urging

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  10. Many Gay Men With HIV Not Getting Proper Treatment

    By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Even though gay and bisexual men make up the majority of Americans infected with HIV, half aren't receiving ongoing care or getting the virus-suppressing drugs they need to stay healthy, a new report finds. The study, from

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