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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 1 in 5 Gay/Bi Men Have HIV, Nearly Half Don't Know

    Sept. 23, 2010 - One in five gay/bisexual men in the 21 U.S. cities hardest hit by AIDS have HIV infections -- and nearly half don't know it, a CDC survey finds. Black gay/bi men and under-30 gay/bi adults are least likely to know of their HIV infections. The findings show that HIV infection rates r

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  7. AIDS Patients Cite Stigma, Depression

    July 22, 2010 -- Seventeen percent of people with HIV/AIDS have not told their spouses or partners about their health status, even though 96% reported having disclosed their HIV status to at least one person, an international survey finds. The survey of more than 2,000 HIV-infected people in a dozen

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  8. HIV Treatment Cuts New HIV Diagnoses in Half

    July 19, 2010 -- New HIV diagnoses dropped by more than half since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for HIV-infected patients, a Canadian study shows, suggesting that the treatment was effective at reducing viral load. The study, based on HIV infections treated in the

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  9. Vaginal Gel May Prevent HIV

    July 19, 2010 - AIDS researchers have finally found a vaginal gel that halves a woman's risk of getting HIV from an infected sex partner. The announcement, made at the outset of the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, marks the beginning of the end of a 20-year search. Those years

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  10. White House Unveils Plan to Fight AIDS

    July 13, 2010 -- The Obama administration on Tuesday committed itself to cutting the nation's stubborn HIV infection rate by 25% over the next five years. The goal is part of a new national HIV and AIDS strategy released by the White House. It seeks to stem the spread of the virus and extend effecti

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