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  1. New Drug Mix May Better Treat HIV

    Jan. 18, 2006 -- In targeting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, a new mix of drugs works as well as a traditional drug combination used for initial treatment of infection, a new study shows. The new drug combination is "not inferior" to the established mix, the researchers write in The New England Jo

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  2. World AIDS Day: HIV Pandemic Surging

    Nov. 30, 2005 - Everybody worries about bird flu. Does anybody still worry about AIDS? Worldwide, bird flu has killed 68 people. It might kill tens of millions if it ever becomes a human epidemic. Yet AIDS continues to spiral out of control -- even in parts of America. As of Dec. 1 -- the 18th World

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  3. FDA: Don't Take Amevive With HIV

    Nov. 18, 2005 -- The FDA and Biogen Idec are warning HIV-positive people not to take the psoriasis drug Amevive. "Amevive should not be administered to patients infected with HIV," states a letter to doctors from Biogen, which makes Amevive. The reason is that Amevive lowers counts of CD4+ T-lymphoc

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  4. Big Racial Difference in HIV Diagnosis

    Nov. 17, 2005 -- Federal officials reported Thursday that the number of Americans diagnosed with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) declined slightly between 2001 and 2004, though blacks continue to bear the brunt of infections in the U.S. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, was diagnosed in 38,685 peo

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  5. Vaginal Gel to Prevent AIDS Shows Potential

    Nov. 1, 2005 -- A vaginal gel protects monkeys from catching an AIDS-like virus, researchers report. If it works in humans -- and if it's inexpensive -- it could save millions of lives. Women in many AIDS-devastated nations have limited means of protecting themselves against the AIDS virus. That's w

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  6. AIDS Virus May Be Weakening

    Oct. 5, 2005 -- HIV may be getting weaker, but that does not mean it won't kill you, researchers say.New evidence from a U.S.-Belgium study shows that the AIDS virus is evolving. What seems to be happening is that HIV makes copies of itself -- replicates -- less rapidly than it used to. That makes s

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  7. FDA Approves Generic Versions of HIV Drug

    Sept. 21, 2005 -- The FDA has approved the first generic versions of the AIDS drug Retrovir (zidovudine) for sale in the U.S. The approvals include a generic version of the drug for kids. The drugs help keep HIV -- the virus which causes AIDS -- from reproducing. Retrovir is made by GlaxoSmithKline,

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  8. Survey: Many in U.S. Misunderstand HIV Vaccine

    Aug. 9, 2005 -- In a new survey, many U.S. adults expressed hope that a vaccine would be developed to fight HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The survey also showed some misinformation about HIV vaccines, write researcher Matthew Murguia, MPubAff, and colleagues. For instance, 18% of the participants

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  9. Statins May Help Curb Spread of HIV in Body

    July 27, 2005 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- In the latest research to suggest that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are good for more than the heart, a new study hints that the medications may help curb the spread of HIV throughout the body. In the study of nearly 4,000 HIV-infe

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  10. Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of AIDS Drugs

    July 27, 2005 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- Acupuncture may help relieve bloating, cramping, and appetite loss among HIV-infected people taking potent drug cocktails to keep the virus in check. Since they feel better after acupuncture, people are more likely to take their drugs properly, resulting in

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