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  1. Green Tea Ingredient Blocks HIV Infection

    May 18, 2009 -- Green tea may be the key to effective anti-HIV vaginal gels, new studies suggest. Triggering the new studies was the recent finding that semen contains a factor -- dubbed semen-derived enhancer of virus infection (SEVI) -- that escorts HIV to the front door of the cells it likes to i

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  2. New Research Backs Early HIV Therapy

    April 29, 2009 -- Starting HIV treatment earlier greatly improves survival, researchers report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. The finding is likely to spark a new debate over the benefits and drawbacks of early HIV therapy vs. deferred treatment. Since the introduction of the first

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  3. Feds Try to Break Through HIV Complacency

    April 7, 2009 - Federal health officials are trying to reignite flagging national awareness of HIV infection with a media effort targeted at high-risk groups. New infections with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, were estimated by the CDC at 56,000 in 2006 in the U.S. The number has remained essentia

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  4. New Vaginal Gel Stops AIDS Virus

    March 4, 2009 -- A new kind of vaginal gel prevents sexual transmission of the AIDS virus in monkey studies. The anti-HIV ingredient in the gel is glycerol monolaurate or GML. It's already FDA approved as an ingredient in cosmetics and medicines. "The results are very encouraging. They point to a no

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  5. 1 Million U.S. AIDS Cases

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- AIDS has now struck more than 1 million Americans, the CDC's latest HIV/AIDS numbers show. As of 2007, there were 455,636 Americans living with AIDS. In the 34 states that report HIV infections, there were 571,378 Americans living with HIV or AIDS at the end of 2007. In 2007 -- for

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  6. 'Major Advance' in HIV Gene Therapy

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- A one-time gene therapy that puts an anti-HIV RNA weapon into blood cells is safe and, in higher doses and stronger form, could make the body resist the AIDS virus, a clinical trial suggests. This "major advance in the field" is the largest clinical trial ever to test genetically al

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  7. Vaginal Gel Cuts Women's HIV Risk

    Feb. 10, 2009 -- For the first time, a woman-controlled product -- the PRO 2000 vaginal gel -- has been shown to protect women from getting HIV during sex. Protection is far from complete: The gel cuts HIV risk by 30% -- or by 36%, if women who went off the gel during a pregnancy are excluded. But i

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  8. Doctors: Test All Patients Over 13 for HIV

    Dec. 1, 2008 -- Doctors should routinely offer all their patients over age 13 a blood test to screen for HIV, the American College of Physicians (ACP) urges in new guidelines. The organization, which represents more than 126,000 internists, internal medicine subspecialists, residents, and medical st

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  9. Earlier HIV Treatment Boosts Survival

    Oct. 27, 2008 (Washington, D.C.) -- Hundreds of thousands of lives could be saved if treatment for HIV-infected patients were started earlier than current guidelines suggest, researchers report. The guidelines now call for initiating antiviral therapy in any person who develops symptoms of AIDS or w

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  10. Actress Gloria Reuben: AIDS Activist

    Gloria Reuben first started grappling with HIV issues as part of her role on ER, as physician assistant Jeanie Boulet, one of the first openly HIV-positive characters on prime-time TV. But soon, the scripts began to take over her off-duty thoughts. “It follows you around wherever you go,” says Reube

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