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HIV & AIDS Health Center

News and Features Related to HIV & AIDS

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. HIV Test Recommended for All Pregnant Women

    July 5, 2005 -- An HIV test should be added to the list of medical tests every woman in the U.S. receives during pregnancy, according to new guidelines. "Having a test for HIV during pregnancy is one more thing a woman can to do to try to assure having a healthy infant," says Diana Petitti, MD, vice

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  9. FDA Approves New HIV Drug

    Aptivus is an HIV protease inhibitor. It is made in capsules. Aptivus should be given with another drug, Norvir (ritonavir) to treat HIV-infected adults, according to an FDA news release. When used with Norvir, Aptivus was shown to be an effective treatment for patients who had already used many HIV

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  10. More Than 1 Million Americans Living With HIV

    June 14, 2005 -- More than 1 million people in the U.S. were living with HIV at the close of 2003, according to the latest CDC data on the virus that causes AIDS. Researchers presented the report at the 2005 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta this week and say the findings are both good a

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