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Depo-Provera Linked to Higher HIV Risk, Researchers Find

January 9, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Jan. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The injectable birth control Depo-Provera is associated with an increased risk of HIV infection in women, according to a review of research in Africa.
Women who receive the so-called “birth control shot” have about 40 percent higher odds of becoming infected with HIV, compared to women […]


HIV Tied to Worse Hearing in Older Adults

December 26, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study finds that adults with HIV tend to have worse hearing than those not infected with the AIDS-causing virus.
Researchers led by Peter Torre, of San Diego State University, assessed the hearing of 262 men averaging 57 years of age, and 134 women averaging 48 years of […]


FDA to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

December 23, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy that would reverse a 31-year ban on donations from men who have sex with men.
The U.S. Food and […]


Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

December 17, 2014

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 […]


Syphilis on the Rise Among Gay, Bisexual Men: CDC

December 16, 2014

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 […]


FDA Advisors Not Sold on Lifting Ban on Gay Men Giving Blood

December 3, 2014

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 […]


CDC Endorses Circumcision for Health Reasons

December 2, 2014

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 […]


Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?

December 1, 2014

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 […]


Most Americans With HIV Don’t Have Virus Under Control, CDC Says

November 25, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one-third of Americans living with HIV had the virus under control in 2011, with many either not receiving regular medical care or unaware they carry the virus, a new U.S. study finds.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study estimates that 70 […]


Peers Best at Convincing High-Risk Individuals to Get HIV Test: Study

October 10, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The best way to get people at high risk for HIV tested for the AIDS-causing virus is to have other high-risk people do the convincing, a new study suggests.
This approach worked especially when the people doing the urging were paid for each high-risk person they successfully referred for […]



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