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  1. First Try at AIDS Vaccine Flops

    Feb. 24, 2003 -- AIDSVAX doesn't work. That's the main finding from the first large-scale test of an AIDS vaccine. Yet a glimmer of hope remains for this controversial product. That hope comes from the very small number of blacks and Asians enrolled in the trial. Of the more than 5,000 people who to

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  2. Hepatitis C Drug Fights HIV

    Feb. 12, 2003 (Boston) -- Six months of treatment with the hepatitis C drug Peg-Intron dramatically reduced active virus in newly infected HIV patients, boosting their immune systems at the same time, according to pilot study results released Wednesday. HIV patients who took the drug had a more than

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  3. Antibody Lowers HIV Transmission Risk

    Feb. 10, 2003 -- Placed in the vagina, an HIV-blocking antibody protects monkeys from AIDS virus infection. The finding points to a powerful way to slow the wildfire spread of HIV. Sex is by far the most common way a person gets HIV from another person. Condoms can block HIV transmission, but not en

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  4. Part of HAART Hurts Heart

    Feb. 4, 2003 -- The modern era of AIDS treatment began with the advent of the anti-HIV drugs called protease inhibitors. But using these drugs opens the door to another killer -- heart disease. Combinations of AIDS drugs stop HIV in its tracks. The problem: they are not a cure. That means a person h

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  5. New Vaccine Treatment for AIDS

    Dec. 23, 2002 -- A bold new kind of vaccine may one day let people quit their AIDS drugs. Monkeys infected with a deadly AIDS virus stay well after getting the treatments. Reporting in the advance online issue of Nature Medicine, Wei Lu of Rene Descartes University and colleagues report stunning res

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  6. Contraceptive Gel Fights HIV

    Dec. 12, 2002 -- Women who want to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases as well as pregnancy may soon have a new option. A new study shows an experimental vaginal gel is an effective contraceptive and HIV and herpes fighter in laboratory tests. Although condoms are effective at prev

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  7. Whatever Happened to AIDS?

    Nov. 27, 2002 -- Whatever happened to AIDS? It flashes across front pages and television screens every Dec. 1 on World AIDS Day -- but more and more, we in the U.S. tend to forget about it. AIDS fundraising events report record low donations. U.S. AIDS prevention efforts are mired in debates over se

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  8. Patient Support Helps AIDS Treatment

    Nov. 8, 2002 -- Thirty-nine-year-old Rick Otterbein owes his life to the ever-changing regimen of drugs he has taken in the 17 years since he learned he was HIV-positive. He watched a lover and several close friends die of AIDS, and is grateful to be alive. But he has also struggled with treatment a

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  9. AIDS Vaccine Nears Crucial Test

    Oct. 29, 2002 -- Not many experts thought it would get this far. But now tests in HIV-infected patients suggest that a totally different approach to AIDS therapy and AIDS vaccines just might work. It's called Tat toxoid, the brainchild of controversial French AIDS researcher Daniel Zagury. Co-invent

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  10. Why Some Stay Healthy Despite HIV

    Oct. 7, 2002 -- Hidden in the bodies of a few very special people are the keys to ending the AIDS epidemic. A new study of these rare individuals -- who've never developed AIDS despite 20 years of untreated HIV infection -- may have unearthed the key to an AIDS vaccine. They're called long-term nonp

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