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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

  • Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA

    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A recently developed molecular tool allowed researchers to remove HIV from cultured human cells in the lab. The team of scientists at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia said their approach may one day lead to a permanent treatment for HIV. They added that this technique might also [...]

  • Animal Experiments Shed Light on HIV’s Ability to Hide

    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The “viral reservoir” in which HIV can lie dormant for years, avoiding detection and elimination, is established much earlier than previously thought, new animal research indicates. This discovery poses new obstacles for those working to eradicate the AIDS-causing virus, said Harvard researchers working with the U.S. Military HIV Research [...]

  • HIV Diagnoses Down in U.S., Except for Young Gay Males: CDC

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, July 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new report offers good and bad news about the AIDS epidemic in the United States: The annual diagnosis rate of HIV, the virus that causes the disease, has dropped by one-third in the general population but has climbed among young gay and bisexual males. Significantly [...]

  • AIDS Epidemic May Be Subsiding, Report Says

    A new United Nations report suggests that the AIDS epidemic might be waning: The number of new HIV infections worldwide is at a record low, AIDS-related deaths are down 35 percent, and more people with HIV are getting the lifesaving medications they need.

  • Many Sexually Active U.S. Teens Not Tested for HIV: CDC

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Only one in five sexually active U.S. teens has been tested for HIV, a new government report shows. That percentage is concerning because teens make up a significant share of new HIV infections, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. “We know that [...]

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