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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Imperfect HIV Drug Use Raises Resistance Risk

    Jan. 13, 2005 (New York) -- People infected with HIV who take their medications most but not all of the time may be up to four times more likely to develop drug resistance. Drug resistance renders even the most effective HIV drugs helpless at controlling the virus. A major new Canadian study shows t

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  4. New Approach May Flush Out Hard-to-Treat HIV

    Jan. 3, 2005 -- An experimental treatment may help coax out hard-to-treat HIV-infected cells and improve the effectiveness of currently available treatments. Researchers say recent advances in HIV treatments have lead to dramatic improvements in the health of many HIV-infected people. Many of those

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