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  1. 2 in 5 Women Don't Use Birth Control

    Sept. 14, 2012 -- Two in five women of childbearing age in the U.S. didn't use any birth control in the month before they took a new survey on contraception.   The main reasons why these women skip contraception is that they think they are infertile or are not currently sexually active. But some may

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  2. Missed Dose? Truvada Still Prevents HIV in Men

    Sept. 12, 2012 -- Truvada may still protect some men against HIV infection even if they miss up to three doses in a week. The finding comes from a new look at the study data that led the FDA to approve Truvada for HIV prevention. The drug is used as part of a strategy called pre-exposure prophylaxis

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  3. New 1-a-Day HIV Treatment Approved

    Aug. 28, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Stribild, the much anticipated once-daily "quad" HIV pill from Gilead Sciences. The drug combines same two HIV drugs in Truvada, plus elvitegravir, a new HIV drug that attacks HIV in a different way. The fourth component, also new, boosts elvitegravir. It's the

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  4. Progress Toward Male Birth Control Pill?

    Aug. 16, 2012 -- The promise of a safe and effective birth control pill for men has long eluded scientists, but a new approach could change that. Researchers have identified a small molecule compound that inhibits sperm production, and they say it could lead to the first non-hormonal, easily reversi

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  5. Incurable Gonorrhea Threat Forces Drug Change

    Aug. 10, 2012 -- Gonorrhea just got a little more painful to treat -- but at least it's still treatable. For now, at least. The common sexually transmitted disease has become resistant to all but one class of antibiotic: the cephalosporins. An alarming worldwide rise in resistance even to these last

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  6. Man Cured of AIDS Virus: 1st U.S. News Conference

    July 24, 2012 -- At his first U.S. news conference, the first and only man to be cured of HIV infection says he's setting up a foundation to fund an AIDS cure. Timothy Ray Brown, 45, was living in Berlin and being treated for his HIV infection with a normal anti-HIV drug regimen. When he developed l

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Can Recreational ED Drug Use Lead to ED?

    July 20, 2012 -- Men who use erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs recreationally may be more likely to develop psychogenic ED, the type that originates in the mind, according to new research. "Recreational use of ED medications increased the chance of psychological dependence on ED medicines,'' says rese

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  10. 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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