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  1. CDC: Young African-American Men Get Most HIV

    Sept. 11, 2008 -- HIV is striking African-Americans with "alarming" ferocity, according to a new CDC report. Just last month, the CDC reported that the overall U.S. HIV epidemic was much worse than we'd thought. Now the CDC points to groups for whom the HIV epidemic is vastly worse: Young (aged 13-2

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  2. Gene Silencing May Stop AIDS Virus

    Aug. 8, 2008 -- A new gene silencing technique stops HIV cold in mouse studies and promises to become a potent new AIDS therapy with few side effects. The technique uses short interfering RNA, also called silencing RNA or siRNA. These tiny snips of RNA are designed to stick to specific genes, which

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  3. Marijuana Eases Nerve Pain Due to HIV

    Aug. 6, 2008 -- Smoking pot may help relieve pain in patients with HIV-related neuropathy, a form of nerve damage that leads to burning and tingling sensations, which can be hard to treat with traditional medications. "Neuropathy is a chronic and significant problem in HIV patients as there are few

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  4. U.S. AIDS Epidemic Worse Than Thought

    Aug. 2, 2008 -- The U.S. AIDS epidemic is -- and has been -- much worse than we'd thought. More than 56,000 Americans -- 40% more than previously known -- get a new infection with the HIV tests virus every year. And although that overall rate isn't going up, it hasn't gone down since it dropped to t

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  5. Combo Therapy Boosts HIV Life Expectancy

    July 24, 2008 -- A 20-year-old diagnosed with HIV can now expect to live 13 years longer than the same person diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS in 1996, according to a new study on HIV life expectancy. Researchers credit the dramatic rise in life expectancy for people with HIV to advances in

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  6. Isentress Fights Drug-Resistant HIV

    July 23, 2008 -- A new HIV drug called Isentress has proved successful in lowering levels of the virus even when other drugs have failed. New research in The New England Journal of Medicine details the results of two studies of Isentress. It's the first of a new class of HIV drugs that targets an en

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  7. HIV Death Gap Closing

    July 1, 2008 -- HIV infection no longer has to mean AIDS or even early death. There's still a death gap. People with HIV die sooner than people not infected with the AIDS virus. But that gap is closing for people who start medical care very soon after HIV infection and who get state-of-the-art HIV t

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  8. Troubling Trend in HIV/AIDS Diagnoses

    June 26, 2008 -- HIV diagnoses in the U.S. are on the rise among men who have sex with men, especially among males aged 13-24. That news comes from the CDC, which tracked HIV/AIDS diagnoses reported by 33 states from 2001 to 2006. During that time, those states had 214,379 HIV/AIDS diagnoses. Men wh

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  9. FDA Probes Heart Risk From 2 HIV Drugs

    March 28, 2008 -- The FDA is reviewing data on heart attack risk in HIV patients taking the anti-HIV drugs Ziagen and Videx. The FDA's review centers on the Data Collection on Adverse Events of Anti HIV Drugs (D:A:D) study, which includes more than 33,000 HIV patients in North America, Europe, and A

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  10. Sharp Debate Over HIV Vaccine Failure

    March 25, 2008 -- The recent failure of the most promising HIV vaccine ever developed has scientists taking stock and wondering where to go next. After more than 20 years of research, answers to that question are scarce. "We have to admit to ourselves that we don't know how to make an HIV vaccine ri

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