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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. New Study May Aid Search for AIDS Vaccine

    Aug. 17, 2011 -- In the spring of 1997, then-president Bill Clinton called for an effective AIDS vaccine within a decade. Fourteen years and billions of research dollars later, a vaccine to prevent HIV infection remains an elusive goal. International efforts to develop a useful HIV vaccine have prov

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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