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HIV & AIDS Health Center

News and Features Related to HIV & AIDS

  1. Global Report: AIDS at a Crossroads

    May 31, 2006 -- The world's response to AIDS is at a crossroads, according to a new report from the United Nations. In its 2006 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic, the U.N. notes that at the end of 2005, there were 38.6 million people worldwide living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The report

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  2. CDC: Everyone to Get HIV Test

    May 5, 2006 - The CDC will recommend at least one HIV test for everyone aged 13 to 64 who visits a doctor. The radical change to HIV testing guidelines will be released in June or July, says Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, the new director of the CDC's National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. Routine

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  3. Spotlight on HIV/AIDS in Females

    March 10, 2006 -- Today is America's first National Women and Girls HIV / AIDS Awareness Day. "This day of recognition serves to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls in the United States and throughout the world," Anthony S. Fauci, MD, says, in a news release. Fauc

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  4. Blacks Top HIV/AIDS Diagnoses in U.S.

    Feb. 10, 2006 -- In the U.S., HIV and AIDS continue to hit the black community harder than any other racial or ethnic group. A new CDC report shows that of all racial and ethnic groups, blacks accounted for the largest percentage of HIV or AIDS diagnoses in 33 states from 2001-2004. "Although blacks

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