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  1. Genital Herpes' Silent Spread

    April 12, 2011 -- Even if they don't show any sign of infection, people carrying the genital herpes virus can infect a sex partner 10% of the time. The finding comes from a large study that collected daily genital swabs from nearly 500 people infected with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the ge

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  2. Late Doses of HPV Vaccine May Still Be Effective

    April 12, 2011 -- Delaying doses of a vaccine that protects against cervical cancer doesn’t appear to make it any less safe or effective, a new study shows. The vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) is given in three shots over a period of six months. Research has shown that the vaccine is hig

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  3. HIV Care System Is Getting Swamped

    March 17, 2011 -- The U.S. HIV care system is being swamped by a rising tide of new patients, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report warns. As HIV treatment continues to improve, people with HIV are living much longer. Meanwhile, the CDC's universal HIV screening program is bearing fruit, identifying

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  4. Study: Regular Use of Painkillers Linked to ED

    March 3, 2011 -- Men who take painkillers regularly to treat pain such as the aches that come with age may be increasing their risk for another common condition of aging, erectile dysfunction (ED), a study suggests. Middle-aged men in the study who reported regularly taking nonsteroidal anti-inflamm

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  5. Half of Men Have Genital HPV

    Feb. 28, 2011 -- About half of adult men have genital human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that has been linked to certain cancers, according to a study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Genital HPV is the most common type of sexually transmitted infection. Many

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  6. HPV Shot Prevents Genital Warts in Boys and Men

    Feb. 2, 2011 -- The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine can help stave off genital warts in boys and men, according to a new study in the Feb. 3 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Of 4,065 boys and men aged 16 to 26 from 18 countries, vaccination with an HPV vaccine that targets four types

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  7. How to Use Pills to Prevent HIV

    Jan. 27, 2011 -- The CDC has issued early recommendations for the use of AIDS drugs to prevent HIV infection of men who have high-risk sex with men. The preliminary guidelines follow last November's groundbreaking report that daily use of the AIDS drug Truvada lowers men's risk of HIV infection. Thi

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  8. Sex Reversal: Genetic Women Become Adult Men

    Jan. 5, 2011 -- Two adult brothers and a paternal uncle in the U.K. all appear to be normal males -- but genetically are women with two X chromosomes. Both brothers are married to women, and they and their uncle have the sexual anatomy, behavior, growth, and skeletal development of males. All have n

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  9. Regina King's Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    The November day in 1991 when basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson announced he was HIV-positive was a sobering reality check. All of a sudden, the disease many dismissed as affecting only gay men and intravenous drug users had hit a major celebrity. But the news struck Regina King especially har

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  10. A Cure for HIV?

    The first and only person ever to be cured of HIV/AIDS is a leukemia patient treated in Berlin with HIV-resistant stem cells. Although the Berlin patient was treated in 2007, researchers are only now officially using the word "cure." That's because extensive tests -- including analyses of tissues fr

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