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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

  • Global Trial Finds HIV Drugs Should Be Taken Right After Diagnosis

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with HIV should start taking medications to battle the virus that causes AIDS as soon as they’re diagnosed, a new international study finds. Scientists involved in the trial were so impressed by the health benefits of early use of HIV drugs that they shut the [...]

  • Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study

    THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors in the United States could donate organs each year to HIV-positive people waiting for transplants, a new study estimates. “The findings are significant because there are not enough organ donors in the United States to meet the needs of all of the patients [...]

  • FDA Ready to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year would be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy unveiled Tuesday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its intentions in a draft guidance that was first proposed [...]

  • Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body’s immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take. Years of research will be required to confirm that the vaccine works, and researchers don’t yet have the major funding needed [...]

  • 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 [...]

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