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  1. Vaginal Gel May Prevent HIV

    July 19, 2010 - AIDS researchers have finally found a vaginal gel that halves a woman's risk of getting HIV from an infected sex partner. The announcement, made at the outset of the 18th International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, marks the beginning of the end of a 20-year search. Those years

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  2. White House Unveils Plan to Fight AIDS

    July 13, 2010 -- The Obama administration on Tuesday committed itself to cutting the nation's stubborn HIV infection rate by 25% over the next five years. The goal is part of a new national HIV and AIDS strategy released by the White House. It seeks to stem the spread of the virus and extend effecti

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  3. Youth Put a Dent in AIDS Epidemic

    July 13, 2010 -- Younger people across the globe, including those who live in Africa and other areas hard hit by AIDS, may be helping to ease the epidemic, a new study shows. There was a 25% reduction in HIV prevalence among 15 of the 25 countries most affected by AIDS, and this is largely due to be

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  4. Discovery May Pave Way to AIDS Vaccine

    July 9, 2010 -- National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists now have "proof" that the search for an AIDS vaccine can succeed. In the blood of an HIV infected person, the researchers discovered two powerful antibodies that neutralize 91% of HIV strains. "The discoveries we have made may overcome t

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  5. HPV Viruses Linked to Skin Cancer

    July 8, 2010 -- The HPV viruses that cause non-genital warts may increase the risk of getting common skin cancers, especially in people on long-term steroid medications. The finding comes from a study comparing 1,561 people with the most common kinds of skin cancer -- squamous cell and basal cell ca

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  6. Men on ED Drugs Get More STDs

    July 6, 2010 -- Men prescribed drugs for erectile dysfunction are two to three times more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly HIV or chlamydia, than men who are not prescribed ED treatments, researchers report. An analysis of insurance records of 1.4 million men sho

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  7. New HIV Test Cuts 'Window Period'

    June 21, 2010 -- The FDA has approved the first HIV test to detect the AIDS virus itself as well as antibodies to the virus. Most currently used HIV tests detect anti-HIV antibodies. But it takes two to eight weeks -- 25 days on average -- for a person newly infected with HIV to make detectable anti

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  8. 'Female Viagra' Is Rejected by FDA Panel

    June 18, 2010 -- An FDA advisory panel unanimously rejected what some had hoped would become the first drug approved to boost sexual desire in women. Experts said the drug, widely dubbed "female Viagra," showed little evidence of working and raised safety concerns. If the FDA follows the recommendat

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  9. 5-Days-After-Sex Pill Gets FDA Panel Nod

    June 17, 2010 -- A new emergency contraceptive fully effective for five days after sex should be approved by the FDA, the federal agency's expert advisory panel says. By 11-0 votes, the panel found Ella to be safe and effective. The drug, to be called Ella in the U.S., already is approved in Europe

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  10. Study: Obese People Have Less Sex, but Risky Sex

    June 16, 2010 -- Obesity may negatively affect sexual health, and researchers say that given the prevalence of obesity, sexual problems may become more common. Little is known about the relationship between obesity and sexual health. French researchers studied the sexual behaviors of 12,364 men and

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