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  1. Sharp Debate Over HIV Vaccine Failure

    March 25, 2008 -- The recent failure of the most promising HIV vaccine ever developed has scientists taking stock and wondering where to go next. After more than 20 years of research, answers to that question are scarce. "We have to admit to ourselves that we don't know how to make an HIV vaccine ri

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  2. CDC Releases New HIV Statistics

    Jan. 29, 2008 -- The CDC today reported that about one-half of 1% of U.S. adults younger than 50 have HIV. The CDC's HIV prevalence statistics are based on nearly 12,000 adults aged 18-49 who took part in national health studies from 1999 to 2006. Participants were interviewed and provided blood sam

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  3. New HIV Drug Intelence Approved

    Jan. 25, 2008 -- The FDA has approved a new HIV drug called Intelence. Intelence is approved for use with other HIV drugs in adults who haven't been helped by other antiretroviral drugs. Intelence belongs to a class of HIV drugs called non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs). It hel

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  4. 273 New Possible Targets for HIV Drugs

    Jan. 10, 2008 -- Scientists have discovered 273 new human proteins that, if blocked, keep the AIDS virus from doing its dirty work. Only 36 of these proteins were previously known to interact with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The finding is thus a mind-boggling expansion of what science knows ab

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  5. World Health Concerns: What's No. 1?

    Dec. 14, 2007 -- A new world health survey shows how health priorities shift around the globe. More than 45,000 people worldwide took part in the global health survey. Most of them -- some 33,000 people -- live in low- and middle-income regions. In face-to-face or telephone interviews, participants

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  6. Drug May Cut Belly Fat in HIV Patients

    Dec. 5, 2007 -- A new drug called tesamorelin may trim belly fat in HIV patients, a study shows. The study focuses on HIV lipodystrophy -- abnormal patterns of fat buildup and fat loss in people taking drugs that target HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV lipodystrophy patients typically gain fat a

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  7. CDC: Unsafe Sex Common for HIV+ Men

    Dec. 3, 2007 -- Even after learning they have HIV, more than 35% men who have sex with men continue to have unsafe sex. The finding, reported at the CDC's 2007 National HIV Prevention Conference, points to a big hole in what CDC AIDS chief Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD, calls "the key element of our HIV pre

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  8. 10 HIV/AIDS Myths

    Nov. 29, 2007 -- Ten HIV/AIDS myths perpetuate the worldwide AIDS epidemic, a USAID researcher argues. We've been fighting the AIDS pandemic for decades but still are losing ground. Why? James D. Shelton, MD, MPH, science advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, has a radical sugges

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  9. Men's HIV/AIDS Epidemic: It's Back

    Nov. 28, 2007 -- The '80s slogan "SILENCE=DEATH" is regaining relevance as HIV/AIDS rates rise among a new generation of men who have sex with men. The warning comes from three of the researchers who led the CDC's HIV/AIDS efforts in the first two decades of the AIDS epidemic. Lead study author Haro

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  10. U.N. Lowers Global HIV Estimate

    Nov. 20, 2007 -- The United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO) today cut their global HIV prevalence estimates by 16%. According to the United Nations and WHO's 2007 AIDS Epidemic Update, an estimated 33.2 million people worldwide have HIV. That's down from the 39.5 million people estim

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