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    1. IUDs Increasingly Popular Form of Birth Control

      Oct. 18, 2012 -- While the use of long-acting intrauterine devices (IUDs) is increasing, 1 in 9 women at risk for unintended pregnancies is not using any birth control, according to a new government report. Researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the CDC, analyzed data fr

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    2. Despite Huge HIV Treatment Gains, Many Left Out

      Oct. 9, 2012 -- Newer drugs that fight HIV have cut AIDS death rates dramatically over the last two decades. But a new study shows that those gains have not been shared equally. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that death rates have plunged over the last two decades f

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    3. Abortion Rates Fall When Birth Control Is Free

      Oct. 4, 2012 -- Abortions and unplanned pregnancies dropped dramatically in a new study when women and teenaged girls were provided birth control at no cost. The women and girls were also more likely to choose IUDs or contraceptive implants when cost was not an issue. Family planning advocates say t

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    4. 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 b

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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