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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

  • More Could Benefit from HIV Prevention Pill Truvada

    TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Too few Americans who are at risk for HIV infection are taking Truvada — a daily pill that could protect them against the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials report. Health care providers must help boost patient awareness and use of the drug, health experts stressed. About 25 percent [...]

  • Charlie Sheen: I’m HIV-Positive

    TUESDAY, Nov. 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Actor Charlie Sheen acknowledged Tuesday that he is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life,” Sheen, who is 50, said during an interview on NBC’s Today show with co-host Matt Lauer. Sheen said he [...]

  • Charlie Sheen Will Reportedly Announce He’s HIV-Positive on ‘Today’ Show Tomorrow

    Actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly HIV-positive and will discuss the diagnosis Tuesday morning on NBC’s Today show.

  • Preventive HIV Treatment Shown Effective at Health Clinics

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medications taken to prevent HIV infection in high-risk people appear to work well in “real-life” use, a new study suggests. During a year of taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), only two people out of more than 400 high-risk people became infected with HIV, the virus that causes [...]

  • Churches a Good Place for HIV Testing, Treatment in Africa

    TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Churches and other faith-based centers are good locations to offer HIV testing and treatment for pregnant women in isolated areas of sub-Saharan Africa, a new study shows. Worldwide, about 87 percent of pregnant women with HIV and more than 90 percent of children with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa, [...]

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