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  1. Why Child Who Appeared HIV-Free Suffered Relapse

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- HIV hid deep inside a young Mississippi girl born with the virus who suffered a disappointing relapse last July, after more than two years in which she appeared to have been cured by early, aggressive drug treatment,

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  2. New, Aggressive HIV Strain in Cuba

    Feb. 16, 2015 -- A new, highly-aggressive HIV strain has been identified in some patients in Cuba, according to researchers. They said untreated infection with the CRF19 strain -- a combination of HIV subtypes A, D and G -- can develop into AIDS within three years, and that progression occurs so qui

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  3. IUDs, Birth Control Implants: How Long They Work

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether

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  4. Contraceptive Knowledge and Safe Use of Acne Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally

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  5. Smartphone Device Detects HIV, Syphilis

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A smartphone accessory that can detect HIV and syphilis has been developed by Columbia University researchers. The low-cost device can spot markers of the infectious diseases from a finger prick of blood in 15 minutes. I

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  6. Continuous Birth Control

    Have you ever wished that your menstrual period would just go away? Well, there are drugs that can help you say good-bye to “that time of the month” for months or a year at a time. These drugs aren't right for everyone, though. And while some doctors believe that they could have harmful long-term si

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  7. The Truth About ‘The Pill’ and Your Sex Drive

    Not in the mood lately? Wonder if your birth control pills are affecting your sex drive? It's possible, but not likely. For most women, birth control pills don't affect their desire to have sex (libido). But if you've noticed a shift in your libido since you started taking "the pill," you can get yo

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  8. Long-Term Birth Control Without Surgery

    You don’t have to take a pill every day. Several birth control methods last weeks, months, or even years with little effort on your part. They are safe and effective for most healthy women of childbearing age. “The best method of contraception for any woman is the method that she’s going to use corr

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  9. U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, due largely to a significant drop in teen births, new research shows. More than 3.9 million births occurred in the United States in 2013, down a bit less than 1 per

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  10. Oral HPV Infection Lasts Longer in Older Men

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- One type of oral HPV (human papillomavirus) infection, HPV16, seems to last a year or longer in men over the age of 45 than it does in younger men, new research indicates. HPV16 is the form of HPV often associated with the ons

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