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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

  • Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one-third of Americans living with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, with many either not receiving regular medical care or unaware they carry the virus, a new U.S. study finds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study estimates that 70 [...]

  • Peers Best at Convincing High-Risk Individuals to Get HIV Test: Study

    FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The best way to get people at high risk for HIV tested for the AIDS-causing virus is to have other high-risk people do the convincing, a new study suggests. This approach worked especially when the people doing the urging were paid for each high-risk person they successfully referred for [...]

  • Less Than Half of HIV-Positive U.S. Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care

    THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds. The report, based on 2010 U.S. government health data, finds that while 80 percent of HIV-infected [...]

  • 2nd Baby ‘Cured’ of HIV Suffers Relapse

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An Italian toddler thought cured of HIV with early aggressive treatment following birth has suffered a relapse, his doctors report. The 3-year-old child’s viral levels of HIV rebounded two weeks after doctors took him off antiretroviral medications, according to a case report published Oct. 4 in [...]

  • HIV May Have Emerged in Congo in 1920s: Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study into the origins of the AIDS virus suggests one strain of the disease appeared in the early 20th century in the western region of Congo and spread through a swath of Africa over the next several decades without notice by the rest [...]

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