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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. FDA Warns of HIV Drug Tampering

    April 11, 2007 -- The FDA today warned that certain bottles of the HIV drug Combivir may actually contain Ziagen, another HIV drug. Certain Ziagen bottles were apparently tampered with by a third party and misbranded as Combivir with counterfeit labels, say the FDA and GlaxoSmithKline, which makes Z

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  7. New HIV Drug May Be More Effective

    April 4, 2007 -- A new HIV drug called Prezista helps curb HIV in patients who don't respond to other HIV drugs, a new study shows. Prezista belongs to a class of drugs called protease inhibitors, which block HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) from multiplying. The FDA approved Prezista in June 2006 f

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  8. Circumcision: New Weapon Against AIDS?

    March 29, 2007 -- Circumcised men are up to 60% less likely to get HIV, and now the World Health Organization and the UNAIDS program recommend adult surgery to slow the AIDS pandemic. The recommendation comes only weeks after the WHO and UNAIDS officials asked an expert panel for advice. The advice

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  9. Blacks Lead in U.S. HIV/AIDS Diagnoses

    March 8, 2007 -- Blacks continue to account for more than half of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the United States -- more than any other racial or ethnic group, the CDC reports. The CDC based its report on statistics coming from 33 states with confidential HIV testing programs. According to those st

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  10. Natural HIV Barrier Snares AIDS Virus

    March 5, 2007 -- A natural barrier to HIV snares and destroys the AIDS virus, Dutch researchers report. The newly discovered barrier is a powerful first line of defense against HIV infection. But at least one new strategy for preventing HIV transmission may breach this barrier, inadvertently opening

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