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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

  • Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner. The strategy is known as “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” or PrEP. Prior studies had suggested that [...]

  • Most HIV Infections Come From Undiagnosed or Untreated People: Study

    MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If an American becomes infected with HIV, chances are he or she contracted the virus from someone who didn’t know they were infected or wasn’t getting proper treatment. That’s the message of a new U.S. study, which found that undiagnosed and untreated people with HIV may be responsible [...]

  • Some HIV Strains Cause Early Damage to Immune System, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fast-replicating strains of HIV damage the immune system in the very early stages of infection, resulting in quicker disease progression, a new study says. The results confirmed previous findings that people with faster-replicating HIV strains have a quicker decline in levels of infection-fighting immune system CD4 T-cells, the researchers [...]

  • Doctors Pinpoint Why Child Who Appeared Free of HIV Suffered Relapse

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay 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, her doctors report. They now know that the girl’s [...]

  • Kidneys From HIV Donors May Be OK for HIV Patients, Study Finds

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research from South Africa suggests that HIV may not be a barrier for kidney transplants between people infected with the virus that causes AIDS. The findings are good news for HIV-positive patients who worry about getting kidneys from others infected with the virus. The research doesn’t [...]

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