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Behavioral Counseling Urged for Teens, Young Adults at Risk for STDs

September 22, 2014

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teens and young adults at risk for sexually transmitted infections should undergo “intensive” behavioral counseling to help prevent risky sexual behaviors, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Every year, about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections such as gonorrhea and chlamydia occur in the [...]

California Trees Harbor Fungus Deadly to People With HIV

August 28, 2014

THURSDAY, Aug. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A potentially deadly fungus that has been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades grows on trees, a new study finds.
The team of scientists who published the research note that they were tipped off to the finding by a teen girl’s science fair project.
The Cryptococcus gattii fungus [...]

Lift U.S. Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men, Experts Say

July 25, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Currently, a man who has ever had sex with [...]

Bacteria in Semen May Affect HIV Transmission, Levels: Study

July 24, 2014

THURSDAY, July 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Human semen is naturally colonized by bacteria, and a new study suggests the microbes might have a role to play in both HIV transmission and levels in infected men.
U.S. researchers found that bacteria in semen — the “microbiome” — play a role in local inflammation and in the [...]

HIV Meds May Also Help Control Hepatitis C, Study Finds

July 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — For patients infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, HIV antiretroviral therapy may help control both viruses, a small study suggests.
Researchers said doctors could use their findings to improve treatment strategies for people with the two diseases.
“The findings suggest that HIV suppression with antiretroviral medications plays [...]

Scientists Snipped HIV Out of Human DNA

July 21, 2014

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

July 21, 2014

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

July 19, 2014

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

July 18, 2014

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

July 18, 2014

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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