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    1. HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Issues


      David Fawcett survived the shock of learning he was HIV-positive in 1988. It wasn't until 4 years later that the full reality of his situation set in. Hospitalized with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system, Fawcett's doctor told him he would likely die. "There was a whol

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    2. Talking About Being HIV-Positive

      Telling someone that you're HIV-positive is rarely easy. But it's an important conversation to have. Disclosing can relieve the burden of keeping a secret, plus you'll hopefully add to your support system. It may actually improve your overall health. Still, "This is a very personal disease and no on

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    3. Vitamin D May Fall When Women Stop Birth Control

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D levels may drop after women stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives with estrogen, researchers report. The vitamin is involved in the immune system and in managing calcium in the blood, which infl

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    4. Routine Genital Herpes Screening Not Recommended

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A U.S. federal task force is prepared to recommend that teens, adults and pregnant women not be routinely tested for genital herpes if they don't have signs of infection. About one in every six Americans between the ages o

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    5. Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obstetrician-gynecologists should counsel pregnant women about use of long-acting reversible contraception, such as implants and IUDs, immediately after they give birth, a leading group of U.S. doctors says. The goal is t

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    6. Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks

              By Dennis Thompson  HealthDay Reporter               WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic has increased the risk of HIV outbreaks in rural and suburban communities, where up to now the virus has posed little threat, warns a new case study. Ne

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    7. Cancer Experts Endorse CDC's HPV Vaccine Guidelines

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Cancer Society has endorsed the U.S. government's HPV vaccination recommendations, which include immunizing all preteens against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus. In a new report, the ca

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    8. HIV: Is a Cure in Reach?

      Researchers remain hopeful that they're heading in the right direction to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.  Cases in which antiretroviral drug therapy kept away signs of HIV in a pair of infants for several years may offer a clue to treating newly diagnosed adults.   Usually, babies who might be HIV pos

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    9. Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea Cases Up Fourfold in U.S.

      By EJ Mundell HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Antibiotic-resistant cases of the sexually transmitted illness gonorrhea have more than quadrupled in the United States. This new data, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, should serve as a warning tha

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    10. Meds Prevent HIV Transmission With Unprotected Sex

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- HIV transmission is highly unlikely among straight couples who have sex without condoms when one partner carries the virus but takes medication, new research suggests. For gay couples in the same scenario, the risk seems

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