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  1. Injectable Drug Helps HIV Suppression

    July 12, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- Four years ago, Richard Apodaca, an AIDS patient in San Francisco, had given up hope. "I was taking as many as 60 pills a day and I still couldn't walk, never mind work. HIV had completely decimated my immune system," Apodaca tells WebMD. But when he told his doc

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  2. Growth Hormone Fights HIV Fat Syndrome

    July 12, 2004 (Bangkok, Thailand) -- Increasing the level of growth hormone in people with HIV appears to show promise in treating fat redistribution syndrome that afflicts them. "For the first time, we have shown that a substance that stimulates the body to make its own growth hormone results in bo

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  3. AIDS in U.S. Marches On

    Zero percent. That is how much progress the U.S. has made in meeting its HIV prevention goal. The U.S. had some 40,000 new HIV infections in 2001. That's when the CDC set a goal of cutting this number in half by 2005. As of 2004, the estimated annual number of HIV infections is still 40,000. "We hav

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  4. U.N. Report: World Is Losing AIDS Fight

    July 6, 2004 -- The numbers are staggering: Five million people became infected with HIV last year, more people than any previous year. Nearly 38 million adults and children are living with HIV worldwide. While Africa continues to be hit hard, Asia has the fastest-growing new epidemic. Those figures

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  5. Multivitamins May Slow AIDS Onset

    June 30, 2004 -- Multivitamin supplements slow, but do not stop, the relentless march of AIDS. Only a combination of AIDS drugs can keep a person with HIV infection from dying of AIDS. But now it looks as though multivitamin supplements can prolong the AIDS-free period. Why is this important? At the

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  6. Steroid Delays AIDS Onset in People With HIV

    May 4, 2004 -- A drug that suppresses the immune system may actually help delay the progression of HIV to AIDS, according to a new study. Researchers found the drug, called prednisolone, significantly slowed the loss of disease-fighting T cells that leads to full-blown AIDS and prevented development

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  7. Fast Oral HIV Test Approved

    March 26, 2004 -- Federal regulators announced the approval of a rapid oral HIV test on Friday, saying that the move would help to widely expand AIDS screening. The test samples saliva from a subject's mouth and can offer results in as little as 20 minutes. Officials said that the kit, called the Or

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  8. HIV Treatment Speeds Clogged Arteries

    March 17, 2004 -- Surviving HIV may only be part of the battle for people living with HIV. A new study shows that the aggressive antiviral therapies that have been credited for prolonging the lives of people with HIV may also speed the clogging of their arteries and put their heart health at risk. T

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  9. Harmless Virus May Blunt Deadly Effect of HIV

    March 3, 2004 -- An apparently harmless virus may allow some men with HIV to live longer, healthier lives. But researchers say those benefits only emerge after many years of being infected with both viruses. A new study found men infected with both HIV and GB virus type C (GBV-C), previously known a

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  10. Mysterious Monkey Molecule Keeps HIV at Bay

    Feb. 25, 2004 -- A mysterious monkey protein protects animals from HIV. The finding gives hope there could be entirely new ways to treat HIV and AIDS. Why don't most monkeys get AIDS from HIV? It's one of the great puzzles of AIDS research. Now the missing piece to this puzzle is in hand, report res

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