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    1. World Health Concerns: What's No. 1?

      Dec. 14, 2007 -- A new world health survey shows how health priorities shift around the globe. More than 45,000 people worldwide took part in the global health survey. Most of them -- some 33,000 people -- live in low- and middle-income regions. In face-to-face or telephone interviews, participants

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    2. Drug May Cut Belly Fat in HIV Patients

      Dec. 5, 2007 -- A new drug called tesamorelin may trim belly fat in HIV patients, a study shows. The study focuses on HIV lipodystrophy -- abnormal patterns of fat buildup and fat loss in people taking drugs that target HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV lipodystrophy patients typically gain fat a

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    3. CDC: Unsafe Sex Common for HIV+ Men

      Dec. 3, 2007 -- Even after learning they have HIV, more than 35% men who have sex with men continue to have unsafe sex. The finding, reported at the CDC's 2007 National HIV Prevention Conference, points to a big hole in what CDC AIDS chief Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, calls "the key element of our HIV pre

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    4. 10 HIV/AIDS Myths

      Nov. 29, 2007 -- Ten HIV/AIDS myths perpetuate the worldwide AIDS epidemic, a USAID researcher argues. We've been fighting the AIDS pandemic for decades but still are losing ground. Why? James D. Shelton, MD, MPH, science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has a radical sugges

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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