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.
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates. Worldwide life expectancy rose from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, but women had slightly greater gains than men. During that time, life expectancy at birth increased [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The number of cases of syphilis in the United States jumped 10 percent from 2012 to 2013, with gay and bisexual men accounting for 75 percent of the increase, U.S health officials reported Tuesday. Rates of another sexually transmitted disease — chlamydia — fell for the [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Members of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel asked the agency on Tuesday to think carefully before repealing a 31-year ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. Their cautious advice doesn’t mesh with the positions of gay rights advocates, medical experts and [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health officials are poised to endorse circumcision as a means of preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released its first-ever draft guidelines on circumcision that recommend that doctors counsel parents and uncircumcised males on [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall. In the country of Botswana, at least, “anyone who is newly infected now with HIV is less [...]
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