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.
MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Not only does effective HIV therapy thwart the AIDS-causing virus, it may also reduce the risk for hepatitis B infection, a new study says. “What this means to us is that effective HIV therapy appears to restore an impairment in the immune response that protects someone with HIV [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Low-income HIV patients who enrolled in Obamacare may be faring better than they did on traditional state assistance, a new study suggests. At least that’s the case in Virginia, where the study was done. Researchers found that people infected with HIV (the virus that causes [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Antiretroviral therapy has extended the lives of people with HIV, but living longer may increase these patients’ risk for certain cancers. A study of nearly 90,000 HIV patients revealed a rise in three types of cancer as the AIDS-causing virus has evolved from a probable death [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Almost half of American adults infected with HIV don’t take medications that can prevent them from developing AIDS, a new government report shows. The statistics, based on data gathered from 2007 to 2012, are a few years out of date, so it’s not clear whether [...]
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s more data showing that a daily HIV medication called Truvada may prevent HIV-negative gay men at high-risk for infection from contracting the AIDS-causing virus. The treatment, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), is very effective at preventing new HIV infections and should be added to the HIV prevention [...]
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