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 years10 or morefor 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.
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The injectable birth control Depo-Provera is associated with an increased risk of HIV infection in women, according to a review of research in Africa. Women who receive the so-called “birth control shot” have about 40 percent higher odds of becoming infected with HIV, compared to women [...]
FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the AIDS-causing virus. Researchers led by Peter Torre, of San Diego State University, assessed the hearing of 262 men averaging 57 years of age, and 134 women averaging 48 years of [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy that would reverse a 31-year ban on donations from men who have sex with men. The U.S. Food and [...]
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates. Worldwide life expectancy rose from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, but women had slightly greater gains than men. During that time, life expectancy at birth increased [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S health officials reported Tuesday. Rates of another sexually transmitted disease — chlamydia — fell for the [...]
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