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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

  • Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With narcotic painkiller abuse now linked to 142 cases of HIV in rural Indiana, U.S. health officials are alerting other states to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users. The Scott County epidemic is “a powerful reminder that people who [...]

  • U.S. Agrees to Help Launch ‘African CDC’

    MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An agreement to help create an African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was signed Monday by the United States and the African Union. “The West African Ebola epidemic reaffirmed the need for a public health institute to support African ministries of health and other health agencies in their [...]

  • HIV-Infected People Often Do Well After Kidney Transplant

    FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For years, it’s been thought that people living with HIV wouldn’t be good candidates to receive a new kidney. But a new study finds that these patients actually have better outcomes than those infected with hepatitis C, or patients infected with both viruses. “These findings show that HIV patients are [...]

  • HIV Can Damage Brain Early On, Study Says

    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — HIV can spread to and develop in people’s brains in the early stages of infection, new research shows. The findings highlight the need for screening and early treatment of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the researchers said. “Any delay runs the risk that the virus could find [...]

  • HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants

    THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kidney transplant patients with HIV have similar survival rates as those without HIV, a new study finds. The study included 510 HIV-positive adults who had kidney transplants in the United States between 2002 and 2011. Overall, these patients had similar five- and 10-year survival rates as kidney transplant [...]

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