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  1. HIV Diagnosis Calls for Immediate Treatment

    July 23, 2012 -- People should start taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as they test positive for the AIDS virus, according to new guidelines from the International Antiviral Society-USA. It's a much earlier start to antiretroviral treatment (ART) than advised by current guidelines from the World Health

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  2. AIDS Cure Possible, Top Scientists Say

    July 20, 2012 -- An AIDS cure is possible, top HIV/AIDS researchers now say. It's a stunning turnaround. Hopes for an AIDS cure were dashed early in the epidemic when researchers realized that the AIDS virus can lurk inside dormant cells to avoid elimination by powerful anti-HIV drugs. "Today we hav

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  3. FDA Approves First Drug for HIV Prevention

    July 16, 2012 -- The FDA has approved use of the HIV drug Truvada to help people at high risk avoid infection with the AIDS virus. Truvada is already approved as part of treatment regimens for people with HIV infection. But this is the first time the FDA has approved any drug for "pre-exposure proph

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  4. FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

    July 3, 2012 -- The FDA has approved the first at-home, over-the-counter HIV test, which could potentially inform thousands of Americans about their HIV status. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test can detect antibodies of the virus from a saliva sample. It can provide results without a laboratory in 20 to

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  5. First at-Home HIV Test Nears Approval

    May 15, 2012 -- The FDA should approve the first HIV test for at-home use and over-the-counter sale, the agency's advisory committee said today in a unanimous 17-0 vote. The test is OraQuick from OraSure. It's a home version of a rapid HIV test already being used by health care professionals in comm

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  6. FDA Panel OKs Truvada as First HIV-Preventive Drug

    May 10, 2012 -- An FDA advisory panel today recommended approval of the drug Truvada to prevent the spread of HIV infection in high-risk, healthy people. Since 2004, the drug has been been approved to treat people already infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The FDA's Antiviral Drugs Advis

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  7. Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Infection Under Control

    Nov. 29, 2011 -- Nearly three-quarters of Americans with HIV don’t have their infection under control. That’s in large part because they may not know they have HIV or because they aren’t taking drugs that suppress the virus, according to a new study from the CDC. The study is published in the Morbid

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  8. Higher Cancer Risk in People With HIV

    Nov. 22, 2011 -- People with HIV infection have a higher risk of many kinds of cancer -- but not all the risk is due to the AIDS virus. The finding comes from a study comparing 1996-2008 medical records of nearly 21,000 people with HIV to those of over 215,000 matched people without HIV. That was en

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  9. 2011: Turning Point in World AIDS Pandemic?

    Nov. 21, 2011 -- World AIDS deaths and new HIV infections have each dropped 21% since the peak of the AIDS pandemic, according to the latest United Nations report. It's the most optimistic report since the beginning of the epidemic. For the first time, the U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is able t

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  10. Experimental Gene Therapy May Control HIV

    Sept. 19, 2011 (Chicago) -- Researchers report that they have taken a small step toward developing a gene-based treatment that aims to control HIV without drugs in some patients -- and could lead to a "functional cure." Researchers say a functional cure may occur when the patient would still be infe

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