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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. IUD Beats Pill at Preventing Pregnancy

    May 23, 2012 -- Women using birth control pills may have a 20 times greater risk of an unplanned pregnancy than women using longer-acting forms of birth control like an intrauterine device (IUD) or implant, new research shows. A major new study shows the failure rate of birth control pills and other

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  8. First at-Home HIV Test Nears Approval

    May 15, 2012 -- The FDA should approve the first HIV test for at-home use and over-the-counter sale, the agency's advisory committee said today in a unanimous 17-0 vote. The test is OraQuick from OraSure. It's a home version of a rapid HIV test already being used by health care professionals in comm

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  9. FDA Panel OKs Truvada as First HIV-Preventive Drug

    May 10, 2012 -- An FDA advisory panel today recommended approval of the drug Truvada to prevent the spread of HIV infection in high-risk, healthy people. Since 2004, the drug has been been approved to treat people already infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The FDA's Antiviral Drugs Advis

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  10. FDA Approves New Erectile Dysfunction Drug Stendra

    April 27, 2012 -- The FDA has approved Stendra (avanafil) for men with erectile dysfunction (ED). Stendra, from Vivus Inc., is in the same drug class as the four oral ED drugs now on the U.S. market: Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn (an orally dissolving version of Levitra), and Viagra. An estimated 30 milli

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