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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. FDA Approves First At-Home HIV Test

      July 3, 2012 -- The FDA has approved the first at-home, over-the-counter HIV test, which could potentially inform thousands of Americans about their HIV status. The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test can detect antibodies of the virus from a saliva sample. It can provide results without a laboratory in 20 to

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    9. Heart, Stroke Risk Low With Birth Control Pills

      June 13, 2012 -- The risk of having a heart attack or stroke is very low for most women who take low-dose hormonal contraceptives, but that risk rises with age, new research confirms. The study, published online in The New England Journal of Medicine, included more than 1.6 million Danish women. Tha

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    10. Untreatable Gonorrhea a Global Threat

      June 6, 2012 -- Gonorrhea is fast becoming untreatable, spurring an urgent call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO alert follows an even more strident warning by CDC researcher Gail A. Bolan, MD, and colleagues. "It is time to sound the alarm," Bolan and colleagues wrote last

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