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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Growth Hormone May Stave Off AIDS

    July 26, 2005 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- Growth hormone may help to stave off AIDS, research shows. In a new study, growth hormone injections stimulated the production of immune system cells that can help the body fight infection, says Kimberly Smith, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at Rus

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  9. Circumcision May Reduce Risk of HIV Infection

    July 26, 2005 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- Circumcision may protect against infection with the virus that causes AIDS. In a study of more than 3,000 young men, those who were circumcised were 65% less likely to be infected with HIV compared with those who were not circumcised. "Circumcision prevented

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  10. Fears of AIDS 'Superbug' Eased

    July 25, 2005 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- Fears of an AIDS superbug were alleviated Monday when researchers reported that they have homed in on the source of a New York City man's HIV infection. Concerns had existed since February when officials from the New York City Department of Health and Mental

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