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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Did HIV Arrive Earlier Than Thought?

    Oct. 29, 2007 -- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, may have arrived in the U.S. a dozen years before AIDS was recognized in 1981. So say scientists including the University of Arizona's Michael Worobey, PhD. They analyzed HIV DNA saved in 1982-1983 from five AIDS patients who had recently emigrated f

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  6. HIV Can Spread Without Symptoms

    Oct. 22, 2007 -- HIV-positive people with no symptoms can still spread HIV, a new study shows. The study focuses on HIV viral load, which refers to the amount of HIV particles in a person's blood. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Data came from long-term studies of European homosexual men and Afri

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  7. FDA OKs New HIV Drug Isentress

    Oct. 16, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Isentress, the first in a new class of HIV drugs. Merck, the drug company that makes Isentress, announced the drug's approval in a news release. Isentress targets an enzyme called integrase to make it harder for HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) to copy and infec

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  8. FDA Panel Backs New HIV Drug

    Sept. 5, 2007 -- A new HIV drug gained a federal advisory panel's backing for rapid government approval Wednesday. The drug, known by the brand name Isentress, will join more than 20 other HIV/AIDS medications on the U.S. market if it is approved by the FDA. Experts say Isentress could pose a signif

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  9. FDA OKs New HIV Drug Selzentry

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- The FDA has approved Selzentry (maraviroc), an antiretroviral drug for use in adult HIV patients. Selzentry is the first in a new class of drugs designed to slow the advancement of HIV, according to the FDA. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Selzentry is an antiretroviral drug. Afte

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  10. Abstinence Programs Don't Cut HIV Risk

    Aug. 2, 2007 -- Programs that stress sexual abstinence have had no impact on HIV infection rates in the U.S., according to a new research review. But an abstinence education expert says the study is flawed. Investigators analyzed findings from 13 studies comparing abstinence-only education to other

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