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  1. FDA Approves New HIV Drug Edurant

    May 20, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Edurant (rilpivirine) for use in anti-HIV drug cocktails. In a head-to-head clinical trial, Edurant was as effective as the popular drug Sustiva (efavirenz). Edurant and Sustiva are in the class of anti-HIV drugs known as non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhi

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  2. Study: Early Treatment Makes HIV Less Infectious

    May 12, 2011 -- People who start HIV treatment while their immune systems still are strong are 27 times less likely to infect their sex partner than are those who delay treatment, an international study shows. Nearly all of the people who volunteered for the study -- 97% -- were heterosexual couples

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  3. HIV Care System Is Getting Swamped

    March 17, 2011 -- The U.S. HIV care system is being swamped by a rising tide of new patients, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report warns. As HIV treatment continues to improve, people with HIV are living much longer. Meanwhile, the CDC's universal HIV screening program is bearing fruit, identifying

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  4. How to Use Pills to Prevent HIV

    Jan. 27, 2011 -- The CDC has issued early recommendations for the use of AIDS drugs to prevent HIV infection of men who have high-risk sex with men. The preliminary guidelines follow last November's groundbreaking report that daily use of the AIDS drug Truvada lowers men's risk of HIV infection. Thi

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  5. Regina King's Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    The November day in 1991 when basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced he was HIV-positive was a sobering reality check. All of a sudden, the disease many dismissed as affecting only gay men and intravenous drug users had hit a major celebrity. But the news struck Regina King especially har

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  6. A Cure for HIV?

    The first and only person ever to be cured of HIV/AIDS is a leukemia patient treated in Berlin with HIV-resistant stem cells. Although the Berlin patient was treated in 2007, researchers are only now officially using the word "cure." That's because extensive tests -- including analyses of tissues fr

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  7. Who Has HIV? 55% in U.S. Don't Know

    Nov. 30, 2010 -- More U.S. adults than ever before report getting at least one HIV test -- but 55% of Americans don't know for sure whether they carry the AIDS virus. And 28% of Americans most at risk of HIV infection have never been tested, the CDC today reported. "Progress is being made, but this

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  8. Can a Pill a Day Keep HIV Away?

    Nov. 23, 2010 -- A daily dose of the AIDS drug Truvada cut new HIV infections by 44% among gay and bisexual men, an international clinical trial found. Men who actually took the pill each day had a far lower risk of getting the AIDS virus. Those reporting taking Truvada at least nine days out of 10

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  9. Egrifta Approved for HIV-Related Lipodystrophy

    Nov. 11, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Egrifta for the treatment of HIV lipodystrophy. Egrifta is administered by daily injection. In clinical trials, it significantly reduced the disfiguring fat accumulation -- lipodystrophy -- that is a side effect of many AIDS drug combinations. "The FDA recognize

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  10. Living With HIV: Staying Healthy and Avoiding Complications

    Many people still believe that if HIV doesn't kill you, then HIV-related complications will. But that is not true. Managing complications from HIV is a far cry from what it was in the past. If you and your doctor are vigilant, staying healthy and living a full life with HIV are very possible. "In th

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