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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. No More Co-pay for Birth Control

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Health care reform requires new insurance plans to fully cover women's preventive care, which now will include free birth control, yearly wellness visits, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic abuse, HPV, sexually transmitted infecti

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  5. 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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  6. STD Trichomonas May Be More Common Than Thought

    July 12, 2011 -- A sexually transmitted infection known as Trichomonas vaginalis is more common than experts believe, especially in older women, according to a new study. Most likely to be infected were women 45 and older. "Women, when they go for their yearly checkups, should ask their doctors to s

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  7. CDC: Untreatable Gonorrhea a Possibility

    July 7, 2011 -- The CDC is warning that gonorrhea resistant to known antibiotic treatments could soon be a reality in the United States. A report in Friday’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report  highlights gonorrhea's declining susceptibility to cephalosporins, which is the only remaining class of

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  8. IUDs May Be Underused Form of Birth Control

    June 20, 2011 -- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives may not be popular, but they are among the most reliable contraceptive methods available. "IUDs and implants should be considered first-line contraceptives for a majority of women," says Eve Espey, MD, MPH, an associate prof

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  9. HPV Vaccine: Early Evidence of Impact

    June 17, 2011 -- Health officials in Australia are reporting what may prove to be the first evidence that the vaccine targeting the human papillomavirus (HPV) could prevent cervical cancer in a large population. The incidence of lesions that lead to cervical cancer dropped dramatically among Austral

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  10. Alfre Woodard Helps AIDS Orphans

    How will you be commemorating National HIV Testing Day, June 27? Alfre Woodard, the Emmy Award-winning actor and star of TNT's hit series Memphis Beat, makes it easy for anybody to make a difference: In 2009, she and other actors such as Matt Damon and Helen Mirren lent their voices to Nelson Mandel

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