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Alcohol More Harmful for People With HIV, Study Suggests

February 8, 2016

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Drinking alcohol may be more dangerous for people infected with HIV, a new study suggests.
The effects of alcohol appear to be more pronounced for those with the virus that causes AIDS, even when the virus is suppressed with modern antiretroviral treatment (ART), the Yale University researchers reported.
They noted […]


CDC: Black Americans With HIV Still Less Likely to Get Ongoing Medical Care

February 5, 2016

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While HIV diagnoses dropped significantly over the past decade in the United States, blacks with HIV are less likely than whites or Hispanics to receive routine, ongoing care, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
From 2005 to 2014, annual HIV diagnoses fell 19 percent […]


Scientists Piggyback Experimental HIV Vaccine on Cold Viruses

February 2, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists report progress in their bid to develop ways to piggyback an HIV vaccine on germs that cause colds.
In the new study, Harvard researchers said they successfully used cold viruses to deliver an experimental HIV vaccine to humans.
The approach “appears to be safe and well-tolerated, […]


Resistance to HIV Drug Growing, Study Finds

January 29, 2016

FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) — HIV resistance to the antiretroviral drug tenofovir (Viread) is increasingly common, a new study finds.
The researchers said their finding is surprising and alarming because the drug plays a major role in treating and preventing infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
“Tenofovir is a critical part of our […]


HIV Can Persist in Body Despite Drug Therapy

January 27, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Even when blood tests of HIV patients on antiretroviral drugs show no sign of the AIDS-causing virus, it can still be replicating in lymphoid tissue, researchers report.
The study offers important new insight into how HIV persists in the body despite treatment with the powerful drugs, according to the […]


HIV Testing Rates Still Low Among Teens, Young Adults: CDC

January 19, 2016

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Only one in five sexually active high school students has been tested for HIV, and young adults aren’t doing much better at finding out their status, U.S. health officials report.
As a result, an estimated 50 percent of young Americans infected with the virus that causes […]


FDA Lifts 30-Year Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

December 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will now be allowed to donate blood in the United States.
The new policy, announced Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reverses a three-decades-old ban on donations from this group of men […]


FDA Lifts Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

December 21, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year will now be allowed to donate blood in the United States.
The new policy, announced Monday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, reverses a three-decades-old ban on donations from this group of men […]


Not Enough Needle Exchange Programs Outside Cities: Study

December 10, 2015

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Injection drug users in rural and suburban areas have less access to needle exchange programs than those in cities do, even though addiction rates are rising in non-urban areas, a new study shows.
Providing injection drug users with new, sterile needles and syringes in exchange for used ones reduces […]


Doctors’ Group Says All Kids Should Be Screened for HIV, Cholesterol, and Depression

December 8, 2015

A leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommends that all kids be screened for high cholesterol, depression, and HIV.



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