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  1. Prevention Now Central to AIDS Fight

    Aug. 18, 2006 (Toronto) -- HIV preventive methods such as microbicides and circumcision circumcision took center stage this week as more than 27,000 doctors, researchers, activists, and HIV-positive people descended upon this Canadian metropolis for the world's largest AIDS gathering. Also grabbing

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  2. Curbing HIV Risk Through Circumcision

    Aug. 17, 2006 (Toronto) -- A practice dating back to biblical times could soon join the list of powerful weapons against AIDS. New studies suggest that male circumcision circumcision -- the surgical removal of the foreskin from the penis -- could avert hundreds of thousands of new HIV infections and

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  3. HIV Prevention Programs Reach Youth

    Aug. 17, 2006 (Toronto) -- Sex education classes that go beyond reproductive anatomy and empower young people to just say "no" to unprotected sex are among the best ways to prevent HIV infections among the 15- to 24-year-old set, according to a new World Health Organization report. Multimedia campai

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  4. New Hope for HIV Vaccine

    Aug. 16, 2006 (Toronto) -- There is renewed hope for the development of an HIV vaccine, thanks to increased funding, a better understanding of how the virus wreaks havoc in the body, and scaled-up testing in developing nations, researchers say. But a vaccine, widely considered to be the best way to

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  5. 6 Ways to Prevent AIDS

    Aug. 15, 2006 (Toronto) -- Circumcision, microbicides, drugs, and even diaphragms offer new hope for preventing HIV disease, but the arsenal of weapons won't matter much if they don't reach the people who need them the most. That's the bottom line of a new report from the Global HIV Prevention Worki

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  6. Morning-Before Pill for HIV?

    Aug. 14, 2006 (Toronto) -- A pill a day to keep HIV away? That's the concept behind an experimental approach called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, that is showing promise for preventing infection in HIV-negative people who engage in risky behaviors. Testing of the AIDS "prevention pill" on about

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  7. Novel Vaccine Combats HIV

    Aug. 14, 2006 (Toronto) -- A novel vaccine that stimulates the immune system to seek out and destroy HIV is showing promise for people infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Reporting here at the XVI International AIDS Conference, Pittsburgh researchers say the experimental HIV vaccine uses a sou

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  8. Simpler Therapy Can Control HIV

    Aug. 14, 2006 (Toronto) -- People who have to take anti-AIDS medications several times a day to keep HIV levels in check may find a new treatment easier to swallow, researchers report. In a preliminary study, a once-a-day boosted protease inhibitor appeared to work just as well as the standard three

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  9. HIV Immunity May Be in the Genes

    Aug. 14, 2006 (Toronto) -- People who don't become infected with HIV despite engaging in unsafe sex or other high-risk behaviors may want to thank their lucky genes. A new study suggests that certain genetic variants may help confer protection against infection with the virus that causes AIDS. The s

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  10. New Guidelines on How to Treat HIV

    Aug. 14, 2006 (Toronto) -- Potent drug therapies can suppress HIV to barely discernible levels in most people infected with the virus that causes AIDS -- even those who have failed other regimens, according to new HIV treatment guidelines. In many instances, the recommendations of the International

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