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  1. FDA Approves Once-Daily HIV Pill Complera

    Aug. 11, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Gilead's Complera, the second complete HIV treatment in a single, once-daily pill. Complera is a combination of Truvada (which combines the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors Emtriva and Viread) and the non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor Edu

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  2. 50,000 New HIV Infections Each Year in U.S.

    Aug. 3, 2011 -- Some 50,000 Americans are newly infected with HIV each year, the CDC estimates. That's slightly fewer new infections than the CDC's last estimate of 56,300 for 2006. But that's due to improvement in the way CDC calculates new HIV infections, not to a drop in the spread of HIV in the

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  3. Antiretroviral Drugs May Prevent HIV Infection

    July 13, 2011 -- Drugs that suppress HIV in infected people may also help protect healthy people who take them from getting the virus through sexual contact, two new studies show. The studies found that the antiretroviral medications, which can be given as once-daily pills, cut the infection risk by

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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