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  1. Youth Put a Dent in AIDS Epidemic

    July 13, 2010 -- Younger people across the globe, including those who live in Africa and other areas hard hit by AIDS, may be helping to ease the epidemic, a new study shows. There was a 25% reduction in HIV prevalence among 15 of the 25 countries most affected by AIDS, and this is largely due to be

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  2. Discovery May Pave Way to AIDS Vaccine

    July 9, 2010 -- National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists now have "proof" that the search for an AIDS vaccine can succeed. In the blood of an HIV infected person, the researchers discovered two powerful antibodies that neutralize 91% of HIV strains. "The discoveries we have made may overcome t

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  3. New HIV Test Cuts 'Window Period'

    June 21, 2010 -- The FDA has approved the first HIV test to detect the AIDS virus itself as well as antibodies to the virus. Most currently used HIV tests detect anti-HIV antibodies. But it takes two to eight weeks -- 25 days on average -- for a person newly infected with HIV to make detectable anti

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  4. HIV Vaccine Secret Found in 'Elite Controllers'

    May 7, 2010 - Harvard/MIT researchers appear to have solved one of the great mysteries of HIV -- and may at last be on track to develop an effective AIDS vaccine. The mystery is why about one in 200 people infected with HIV -- dubbed "elite controllers" -- never get AIDS. It's long been thought that

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  5. Home HIV Testing Feasible

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Self-testing for HIV is easy, accurate, and acceptable to many people, researchers report. In a new study, more than 99% of HIV results that people obtained via self-testing matched those obtained by hospital workers. Participants had no trouble distinguishing between

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  6. AIDS Vaccine Success Is 'Modest'

    Sept. 24, 2009 - "Modest" success in an HIV vaccine trial shows for the first time that vaccination can protect people against infection with the AIDS virus. It's a small but significant step forward. Few, if any, think this vaccine is effective enough to deploy in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

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  7. Circumcising Men With HIV Won't Protect Women

    July 16, 2009 -- Circumcision doesn't keep men with HIV from infecting their female sex partners with the AIDS virus, researchers report from Uganda. Definitive clinical trials in Uganda, South Africa, and Kenya show that men cut their HIV risk by 50% if they undergo circumcision. That can reduce a

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  8. Young, HIV-Positive, and Unaware

    June 26, 2009 -- About 50,000 adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 were living with the virus that causes AIDS in 2006, but nearly half of them didn't know they were HIV infected, according to the CDC. The CDC says in its June 26 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that young adults represen

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  9. Green Tea Ingredient Blocks HIV Infection

    May 18, 2009 -- Green tea may be the key to effective anti-HIV vaginal gels, new studies suggest. Triggering the new studies was the recent finding that semen contains a factor -- dubbed semen-derived enhancer of virus infection (SEVI) -- that escorts HIV to the front door of the cells it likes to i

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  10. New Research Backs Early HIV Therapy

    April 29, 2009 -- Starting HIV treatment earlier greatly improves survival, researchers report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. The finding is likely to spark a new debate over the benefits and drawbacks of early HIV therapy vs. deferred treatment. Since the introduction of the first

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