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, June 17 (HealthDay News) — The younger you are, the less likely you are to realize you are infected with HIV or receive treatment for it, a new study finds. Early diagnosis, prompt and continued care, and antiretroviral drug therapy are key to lowering the risk of illness and death among patients, and reducing transmission [...]
WEDNESDAY, June 12 (HealthDay News) — An antiviral drug may help protect injection drug users from HIV infection, a new study finds. The study of more than 2,400 injection drug users recruited at 17 drug treatment clinics in Thailand found that daily tablets of tenofovir reduced the risk of HIV infection by nearly 49 percent, compared [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 4 (HealthDay News) — The drugs emerging from clinical trials in recent years seem less impressive than those developed in decades gone by, a new review finds. Looking at more than 300 studies done since 1966, researchers found that drugs under development these days are less likely to solidly outperform placebos [...]
FRIDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) — Liver transplants to treat a common type of liver cancer are a viable option for people infected with HIV, according to new research. The Italian study, published May 10 in the journal The Oncologist, found that the AIDS-causing virus doesn’t affect survival rates and cancer recurrence after transplants among HIV [...]
New guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force call for virtually every adult to be routinely screened for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The updated recommendations, which are published in the April 30 issue of the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, suggest that pregnant women and all people aged 15 to 65 be screened for HIV.
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