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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

  • Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Currently, a man who has ever had sex with [...]

  • Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study

    THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men. U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen — the “microbiome” — play a role in local inflammation and in the [...]

  • HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds

    WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests. Researchers said doctors could use their findings to improve treatment strategies for people with the two diseases. “The findings suggest that HIV suppression with antiretroviral medications plays [...]

  • Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA

    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A recently developed molecular tool allowed researchers to remove HIV from cultured human cells in the lab. The team of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia said their approach may one day lead to a permanent treatment for HIV. They added that this technique might also [...]

  • Animal Experiments Shed Light on HIV’s Ability to Hide

    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The “viral reservoir” in which HIV can lie dormant for years, avoiding detection and elimination, is established much earlier than previously thought, new animal research indicates. This discovery poses new obstacles for those working to eradicate the AIDS-causing virus, said Harvard researchers working with the U.S. Military HIV Research [...]

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