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  1. Huge Racial Differences Remain in HIV, AIDS

    Dec. 1, 2004 -- Minorities remain vastly more vulnerable than whites to HIV and AIDS, according to a new CDC report released Wednesday. Blacks accounted for more than half of all new HIV and AIDS cases diagnosed in the U.S. between 2000 and 2003. The figures, taken from surveys in 32 states, estimat

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  2. U.N.: ABCs of HIV Prevention Failing Women

    Dec. 1, 2004 - The "ABC" method of HIV prevention is failing too many women, say groups including the United Nations agency set up to fight AIDS. The groups say that programs relying on abstinence, being faithful, and condom use -- the so-called ABC method of prevention -- don't serve the realities

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  3. A Man with HIV

    What is it like to live with HIV infection? A young man tells WebMD his story. Joseph Wolfe, age 28, lives in Atlanta. He gave WebMD permission to use his name. Why? He feels that by refusing to be anonymous, his message will have a greater impact on others. This is Wolfe's story: "I was diagnosed i

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  4. A Woman with HIV

    What is it like to live with HIV infection? A young woman tells WebMD her story. The woman, age 18, asked WebMD to withhold her identity. She is a student at a major U.S. university. "I was born with HIV. My father gave it to my mother before I was born. I have an older brother but he does not have

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  5. Nicotine May Help Treat Sepsis

    Oct. 25, 2004 -- The active ingredient in tobacco may actually have a beneficial effect on the body in treating a common and potentially deadly type of infection process known as sepsis, new research shows. Sepsis is the third leading cause of death in developed countries and accounts for nearly 9%

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  6. Elderly Women Know Little on HIV Transmission

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- Older women, revered for their bedroom prowess in movies like The Graduate and American Pie, may not be any wiser when it comes to knowing about HIV transmission, according to a survey in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The researchers conducting fa

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  7. Drug Shows Early Hope in HIV Prevention

    Oct. 14, 2004 -- A new chemical is showing early effectiveness in blocking sexual transmission of the AIDS virus in animals, giving researchers some hope that they may have found a new method of HIV prevention in humans, according to a study released Thursday. The chemical, known as PSC-RANTES, reli

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  8. Infection Risk From Blood, Tissues Now Tiny

    Aug. 18, 2004 -- You've now got a near-zero chance of getting HIV or hepatitis C from a blood transfusion or tissue graft, new studies show. But is this extra safety worth the extra cost? In the early 1980s, there wasn't any way to tell whether a blood transfusion carried the deadly AIDS virus. What

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  9. 2 New Combo AIDS Pills Get FDA Nod

    Aug. 3, 2004 -- The FDA has approved two new two-in-one AIDS drugs. For people taking the lifesaving medicines, that means fewer pills and less complicated drug schedules. Easier to take means fewer missed doses. And missed doses, for whatever reason, are a big problem. Give the virus even a small c

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  10. Gel Is Next Hope for Preventing HIV in Women

    July 16, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) With development of a vaccine to prevent HIV infection still years away, AIDS specialists say that vaginal gels which kill HIV "represent a major breakthrough in the fight against AIDS." Speaking at the XV International AIDS Conference, Zeda Rosenberg, MD, chief exe

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