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    1. New HIV Test Cuts 'Window Period'

      June 21, 2010 -- The FDA has approved the first HIV test to detect the AIDS virus itself as well as antibodies to the virus. Most currently used HIV tests detect anti-HIV antibodies. But it takes two to eight weeks -- 25 days on average -- for a person newly infected with HIV to make detectable anti

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    2. HIV Vaccine Secret Found in 'Elite Controllers'

      May 7, 2010 - Harvard/MIT researchers appear to have solved one of the great mysteries of HIV -- and may at last be on track to develop an effective AIDS vaccine. The mystery is why about one in 200 people infected with HIV -- dubbed "elite controllers" -- never get AIDS. It's long been thought that

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    3. Home HIV Testing Feasible

      Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Self-testing for HIV is easy, accurate, and acceptable to many people, researchers report. In a new study, more than 99% of HIV results that people obtained via self-testing matched those obtained by hospital workers. Participants had no trouble distinguishing between

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    4. AIDS Vaccine Success Is 'Modest'

      Sept. 24, 2009 - "Modest" success in an HIV vaccine trial shows for the first time that vaccination can protect people against infection with the AIDS virus. It's a small but significant step forward. Few, if any, think this vaccine is effective enough to deploy in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

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    5. Circumcising Men With HIV Won't Protect Women

      July 16, 2009 -- Circumcision doesn't keep men with HIV from infecting their female sex partners with the AIDS virus, researchers report from Uganda. Definitive clinical trials in Uganda, South Africa, and Kenya show that men cut their HIV risk by 50% if they undergo circumcision. That can reduce a

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    6. Young, HIV-Positive, and Unaware

      June 26, 2009 -- About 50,000 adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 were living with the virus that causes AIDS in 2006, but nearly half of them didn't know they were HIV infected, according to the CDC. The CDC says in its June 26 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that young adults represen

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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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