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HIV

Human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is a virus that attacks the immune system. Without treatment, HIV can lead to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). People with AIDS have a hard time fighting off infections, which can be potentially life-threatening. There's no cure for HIV, but it can take years—10 or more—for AIDS to develop, even without treatment. And with treatment (there are many types of drugs that fight HIV), people with HIV can remain symptom-free for much longer.

HIV News

  • Scientists Map DNA of Deadly Fungus

    THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who sequenced the genome of a deadly fungus say their achievement offers a genetic map for finding weaknesses in the fungus in order to fight it. Cryptococcus neoformans causes millions of cases of pneumonia and meningitis every year, says a team of scientists that spent 10 years [...]

  • Driving Ability May Falter With Age in HIV-Positive Adults

    FRIDAY, April 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Middle-aged and elderly people with HIV may have deficits in their mental skills that affect their ability to drive, according to a small new study. The study included 26 adults with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), aged 40 and older, who were given mental performance and driving [...]

  • Study Adds to Signs Linking HIV to Heart Trouble

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Long-term HIV infection is linked to an increased risk of heart disease in men, a new study finds. For the study, Johns Hopkins researchers looked at 618 HIV-infected men and 383 uninfected men, aged 40 to 70, in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles areas. Study participants who [...]

  • HIV-Positive Inmates Benefit From Drug Treatment, Study Says

    MONDAY, March 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Providing drug therapy to HIV-positive prison inmates helped a significant number of them achieve suppression of the virus before they were released, a new study finds. HIV patients with so-called “viral suppression” are less likely to transmit the AIDS-causing virus to others, experts noted. The study, published online March 31 [...]

  • Hepatitis C Patients With HIV May Face Higher Risk of Liver Disease

    WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among people with hepatitis C, the risk of serious liver disease is much higher in those who also have HIV than in those without the AIDS-causing virus, a new study finds. This is true even among patients with HIV who are otherwise benefiting from antiretroviral therapy to treat the [...]

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