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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. Can Circumcision Cut HIV in Gay Men?

      Oct. 7, 2008 -- Circumcision offers little HIV protection to gay/bisexual men -- overall. But it might cut HIV risk in predominantly insertive partners. It's now clear that circumcision reduces heterosexual men's risk of getting HIV from sexual intercourse. Can circumcision reduce HIV infection rate

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    6. More Americans Living With HIV

      Oct. 2, 2008 -- The CDC says 1.1 million Americans were living with HIV in 2006, up 11% from 2003. The new estimates are relatively good news. Thanks to better treatment, people with HIV are living longer than ever before. More people with HIV means more people who can spread the AIDS virus, yet new

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    7. Virus Hunters Track Early HIV

      Oct. 1, 2008 -- It's like finding a piece of the past. Researchers looking into the virus that causes AIDS have found HIV in a 1960 tissue sample of an infected woman from what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Researchers, led by Michael Worobey, PhD, at the University of Arizona,

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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