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HIV & AIDS Health Center

News and Features Related to HIV & AIDS

  1. Common Antibiotic May Fight HIV Brain Disease

    April 26, 2005 -- An antibiotic is getting attention for its possible protective effects against brain disease linked to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers report that the antibiotic minocycline helped curb brain inflammation a

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  2. Women With HIV May Not Need Yearly Pap Smear

    March 22, 2005 - A negative test for human papillomavirus (HPV) may mean fewer Pap smears for some women with HIV infection. HPV - especially some common strains of the sexually transmitted virus - is linked to cervical cancer. Women who test negative for HPV, and whose last Pap test was normal, nee

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  3. New Yorker's Rapid HIV Seen as Danger Sign

    March 17, 2005 - The drug-resistant AIDS virus that emerged in New York is a warning that HIV prevention efforts are failing, public health experts warn. Last month, the New York City health department announced alarming news. A man developed AIDS only months after getting infected with an HIV strai

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  4. Antiretroviral Therapy Lowers HIV Cancer Risk

    March 15, 2005 - Treating HIV infection with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) may help prevent some of the cancers most frequently associated with HIV and AIDS, a new study suggests. Several studies have indicated that people with AIDS have an increased risk of several cancers, including

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  5. U.S. HIV-Infected Youth Taking More Risks

    Feb. 28, 2005 -- Young Americans living with HIV are worse off -- and having much more risky sex -- since powerful AIDS drugs came along. You might think that the drugs, known as highly active antiretroviral therapy or HAART, would make life better for HIV-infected youths. You might think that when

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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