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  1. Did HIV Arrive Earlier Than Thought?

    Oct. 29, 2007 -- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, may have arrived in the U.S. a dozen years before AIDS was recognized in 1981. So say scientists including the University of Arizona's Michael Worobey, PhD. They analyzed HIV DNA saved in 1982-1983 from five AIDS patients who had recently emigrated f

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  2. HIV Can Spread Without Symptoms

    Oct. 22, 2007 -- HIV-positive people with no symptoms can still spread HIV, a new study shows. The study focuses on HIV viral load, which refers to the amount of HIV particles in a person's blood. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Data came from long-term studies of European homosexual men and Afri

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  3. FDA OKs New HIV Drug Isentress

    Oct. 16, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Isentress, the first in a new class of HIV drugs. Merck, the drug company that makes Isentress, announced the drug's approval in a news release. Isentress targets an enzyme called integrase to make it harder for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) to copy and infec

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  4. FDA Panel Backs New HIV Drug

    Sept. 5, 2007 -- A new HIV drug gained a federal advisory panel's backing for rapid government approval Wednesday. The drug, known by the brand name Isentress, will join more than 20 other HIV/AIDS medications on the U.S. market if it is approved by the FDA. Experts say Isentress could pose a signif

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  5. FDA OKs New HIV Drug Selzentry

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Selzentry (maraviroc), an antiretroviral drug for use in adult HIV patients. Selzentry is the first in a new class of drugs designed to slow the advancement of HIV, according to the FDA. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Selzentry is an antiretroviral drug. Afte

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  6. Abstinence Programs Don't Cut HIV Risk

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- Programs that stress sexual abstinence have had no impact on HIV infection rates in the U.S., according to a new research review. But an abstinence education expert says the study is flawed. Investigators analyzed findings from 13 studies comparing abstinence-only education to other

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  7. HIV Prevention: Diaphragm May Not Help

    July 12, 2007 -- Using a diaphragm doesn't appear to help HIV prevention in women, researchers report in tomorrow's online edition of The Lancet. The finding comes from a study of more than 4,900 sexually active women in South Africa and Zimbabwe, where about one in five adults is infected with HIV.

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  8. New HIV Drug Curbs Drug-Resistant HIV

    July 5, 2007 -- An experimental HIV drug called etravirine may help treat drug-resistant HIV as part of an HIV drug "cocktail" that also includes the HIV medication Prezista. That news -- published in The Lancet's July 7 edition -- may mean greater survival for people with HIV. "This study is one of

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  9. Bush Wants $30 Billion to Fight AIDS

    May 30, 2007 -- President Bush on Wednesday called for the U.S. to spend a record $30 billion to fight AIDS overseas, a move he said would more than double the number patients receiving drug treatment in poor countries. The spending would expand the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a $15

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  10. Some HIV Drugs May Up Heart Risk

    April 25, 2007 -- Long-term use of a class of HIV drugs called protease inhibitors may raise heart attack risk, researchers report. However, the possible risk appears to be "low or at most moderate," states an editorial published with the study in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study comes

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