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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

  • U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of U.S. teenagers aged 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago, a new federal government report shows. Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and [...]

  • Genes May Be Key to a Better HIV Vaccine, Study Says

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Someone’s genetic makeup may determine whether an HIV vaccine will work, a new study suggests. Scientists say the finding could help them find a way to immunize people against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While researchers have reported advances over the years, a working vaccine [...]

  • Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When ‘Opportunistic’ Infections Strike

    By David HeitzHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years. “The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely,” said [...]

  • Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals. A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, [...]

  • 1 in 5 Younger Americans Tested for HIV

    TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one-fifth of teens and younger adults in the United States have been tested recently for HIV, federal health officials reported Tuesday. In 2011, more than 1 million Americans 13 and older had HIV, but one in seven did not know their infection status. Routine, voluntary testing is known [...]

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