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  1. Higher HIV Blood Level Isn't Always Bad News

    Feb. 16, 2005 -- Temporary increases in HIV blood levels, called blips, are nothing to worry about. The "blips" experienced by HIV patients undergoing HIV treatment are random and don't signal drug resistance, according to a study in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association. HIV treatm

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  2. Possible New Strain of HIV Investigated

    Feb. 15, 2005 -- A possible new strain of HIV that is difficult to treat was isolated in a New York City man and is giving rise to the notion that a superbug is on the horizon. But many AIDS experts view the idea with a skeptical eye. Late last week, officials from the New York City Department of He

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  3. Routine HIV Testing Advised for U.S. Adults

    Feb. 9, 2005 - Routine, voluntary HIV testing coupled with treatment could bring the U.S. AIDS epidemic to the brink of extinction. That suggestion comes from respected AIDS researcher Samuel A. Bozzette, MD, PhD in a Feb. 10 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) editorial. Bozzette's bold calculat

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  4. Fear Makes HIV-Infected Parent Limit Affection

    Feb. 8, 2005 -- HIV-infected parents steer clear of hugging or kissing their children out of fear of infecting them, a new study shows. It's a sad message: Even when children are not HIV-infected, the disease greatly affects them because of parents' fears, writes researcher Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD

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  5. Generic AIDS Drugs Cleared for Use in Africa.

    Jan. 27, 2005 -- A generic version of the antiretroviral drug cocktail used in HIV and AIDS treatment may soon arrive in Africa to help treat people in areas hardest hit by the disease, but at a fraction of the current cost. The FDA announced this week that it has granted tentative approval for a ge

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  6. Generic AIDS Drugs Cleared for Use in Africa

    Jan. 27, 2005 -- A generic version of the antiretroviral drug cocktail used in HIV and AIDS treatment may soon arrive in Africa to help treat people in areas hardest hit by the disease, but at a fraction of the current cost. The FDA announced this week that it has granted tentative approval for a ge

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  7. 'Morning After' Approach Advised to Prevent HIV

    Jan. 21, 2005 -- Anyone exposed to HIV as a result of rape, occasional drug use, or unsafe sex should be treated with HIV drugs, says the CDC. The move marks a major shift in CDC policy, which previously recommended use of HIV drug cocktails - known as antiretroviral drugs -- only to health care wor

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  8. FDA issues Warning on HIV Drug Viramune

    Jan. 20, 2005 -- The FDA has issued a public health advisory warning patients and doctors about the side effects of a common drug used to treat people infected with HIV. The drug, Viramune, may lead to liver damage or death in people with higher counts of immune system cells called CD4 cells. Also c

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  9. FDA Issues Warning on HIV Drug Viramune.

    Jan. 20, 2005 -- The FDA has issued a public health advisory warning patients and doctors about the side effects of a common drug used to treat people infected with HIV. The drug, Viramune, may lead to liver damage or death in people with higher counts of immune system cells called CD4 cells. Also c

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  10. Uncircumcised Men May Have Higher HIV Risks

    Jan. 20, 2005 -- Men who have not been circumcised may be more than twice as likely to become infected with HIV after sex with an infected female partner, according to a new study. Researchers say it's the first study to compare the risk of HIV infection per heterosexual sex act among a group of men

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