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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

  • CDC: Black Americans With HIV Still Less Likely to Get Ongoing Medical Care

    FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While HIV diagnoses dropped significantly over the past decade in the United States, blacks with HIV are less likely than whites or Hispanics to receive routine, ongoing care, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2005 to 2014, annual HIV diagnoses fell 19 percent [...]

  • Scientists Piggyback Experimental HIV Vaccine on Cold Viruses

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report progress in their bid to develop ways to piggyback an HIV vaccine on germs that cause colds. In the new study, Harvard researchers said they successfully used cold viruses to deliver an experimental HIV vaccine to humans. The approach “appears to be safe and well-tolerated, [...]

  • Resistance to HIV Drug Growing, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — HIV resistance to the antiretroviral drug tenofovir (Viread) is increasingly common, a new study finds. The researchers said their finding is surprising and alarming because the drug plays a major role in treating and preventing infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Tenofovir is a critical part of our [...]

  • HIV Can Persist in Body Despite Drug Therapy

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Even when blood tests of HIV patients on antiretroviral drugs show no sign of the AIDS-causing virus, it can still be replicating in lymphoid tissue, researchers report. The study offers important new insight into how HIV persists in the body despite treatment with the powerful drugs, according to the [...]

  • HIV Testing Rates Still Low Among Teens, Young Adults: CDC

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Only one in five sexually active high school students has been tested for HIV, and young adults aren’t doing much better at finding out their status, U.S. health officials report. As a result, an estimated 50 percent of young Americans infected with the virus that causes [...]

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