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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

  • Opioids by Injection May Drive HIV Outbreaks

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. prescription drug abuse epidemic has increased the risk of HIV outbreaks in rural and suburban communities, where up to now the virus has posed little threat, warns a new case study. Needle-sharing among prescription drug addicts created an outbreak in rural Scott County, Ind. [...][...]

  • This Monthly Vaginal Ring Could Help Protect Women Against HIV

    When used regularly, a medicated monthly vaginal ring may be an effective way for women in sub-Saharan Africa to protect themselves from HIV infection, according to new research.

  • Mixed Progress in Worldwide Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    TUESDAY, July 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The number of HIV/AIDS deaths worldwide each year has fallen since peaking in 2005, but the number of new HIV infections is up in 74 countries, according to a new study. Deaths from HIV/AIDS fell to 1.2 million in 2015 from 1.8 million in 2005. Though the number of [...][...]

  • Monthly Vaginal Ring May Help Protect Against HIV

    MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — When used regularly, a medicated monthly vaginal ring may be an effective way for women in sub-Saharan Africa to protect themselves from HIV infection, according to new research. The flexible ring contains the antiretroviral drug dapivirine. The ring, developed by the nonprofit International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), is placed [...][...]

  • Cash Rewards Won’t Change Outcomes for HIV-Infected Drug Addicts: Study

    WEDNESDAY, July 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Giving drug-addicted, HIV-positive people cash incentives to help improve unhealthy behaviors doesn’t work, a new study finds. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, tracked outcomes for HIV-infected people with substance-abuse problems — a notoriously tough group to treat, the researchers said. To lower rates f [...]