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  1. New Way To Protect Women from HIV

    Sept. 10, 2003 -- A woman's normal-occurring vaginal bacteria give her natural protection from infection. Now researchers say these friendly bacteria can be engineered to protect against the HIV virus. It's one of those why-didn't-anyone-think-of-this-before ideas. Helpful bacteria called lactobacil

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  2. 6 Months Key to Predicting HIV Prognosis

    Aug. 28, 2003 -- When it comes to predicting how someone with HIV is going to do in the long run, it's best to wait until six months after the start of HIV treatment. In fact, researchers found that initial blood tests may be less important than improvements achieved during the first months of HIV t

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  3. Drug Strategy Won't Stop HIV Resistance

    Aug. 27, 2003 -- A strategy called structured treatment interruption (STI) won't outwit drug-resistant HIV, a new study shows. The finding crushes hope for a bold plan to help patients for whom all existing anti-HIV drugs are failing. The idea was to extend the life of these drugs by stopping treatm

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  4. HIV Drug Resistance Not Patients' Fault

    Aug. 20, 2003 -- You can't blame patients for HIV drug resistance. The AIDS virus is notoriously good at becoming resistant to anti-HIV drugs. It's common to blame patients who don't take their drugs exactly as prescribed. But that's wrong, a new study suggests. Study leader David R. Bangsberg, MD,

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  5. CDC: HIV/AIDS Statistics Up in America

    July 25, 2003 -- Nearly 1 million people are living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S. today. In fact, the number of newly diagnosed cases has increased -- and many infected people don't know they have HIV. Those most at risk for infection: People of color, young teens, drug users, and gay men who meet s

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  6. Many HIV-Positive People Don't Disclose

    May 29, 2003 -- Most HIV-positive people tell their sexual partners about their infection, but new research shows a disturbing number of people don't ask and don't tell when it comes to HIV status. The study found 13% of HIV-positive adults fail to disclose their status before engaging in unprotecte

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  7. Assisted Reproduction Works for HIV+ Men

    May 28, 2003 -- Men with HIV infection have a good chance of fathering a baby via assisted reproduction. But assisted reproduction isn't nearly as likely to help HIV-positive women get pregnant, a French study suggests. Can couples safely have a baby if one member has HIV infection and the other doe

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  8. Is There an AIDS Vaccine?

    May 16, 2003 -- There's no vaccine for AIDS. It's a sad truth -- but one in five Americans doesn't believe it. A poll of 3,500 U.S. residents shows that 20% of Americans believe that an AIDS vaccine exists but is being kept secret. That's the view of nearly half of African Americans and of 28% of Hi

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  9. Life Can Get Better -- Even with AIDS

    May 2, 2003 -- Even if you have a deadly disease, your life can get better. But it takes hope and practice, a study of people with HIV/AIDS suggests. Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH, director of outcomes research for the University of Cincinnati and the VA Healthcare System of Ohio, led a study of 449 people w

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  10. Teens: AIDS Most Urgent Health Problem

    April 3, 2003 -- Ask American teens what the most urgent health problem facing the country today is, and chances are that one in four will respond, "HIV/AIDS." A new Gallup survey shows that despite the recent decline in AIDS and HIV infection deaths, 24% of teenagers say the disease is the nation's

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