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HIV & AIDS Health Center

News and Features Related to HIV & AIDS

  1. Men's HIV/AIDS Epidemic: It's Back

    Nov. 28, 2007 -- The '80s slogan "SILENCE=DEATH" is regaining relevance as HIV/AIDS rates rise among a new generation of men who have sex with men. The warning comes from three of the researchers who led the CDC's HIV/AIDS efforts in the first two decades of the AIDS epidemic. Lead study author Haro

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  2. U.N. Lowers Global HIV Estimate

    Nov. 20, 2007 -- The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) today cut their global HIV prevalence estimates by 16%. According to the United Nations and WHO's 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update, an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide have HIV. That's down from the 39.5 million people estim

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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