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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 [...]

Less Than Half of HIV-Positive U.S. Hispanics Are Getting Proper Care

October 9, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even though Hispanics in the United States become infected with HIV at rates triple those of whites, less than half of Hispanics with the virus are receiving adequate treatment, a new report finds.
The report, based on 2010 U.S. government health data, finds that while 80 percent of HIV-infected [...]

2nd Baby ‘Cured’ of HIV Suffers Relapse

October 2, 2014

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An Italian toddler thought cured of HIV with early aggressive treatment following birth has suffered a relapse, his doctors report.
The 3-year-old child’s viral levels of HIV rebounded two weeks after doctors took him off antiretroviral medications, according to a case report published Oct. 4 in [...]

HIV May Have Emerged in Congo in 1920s: Study

October 2, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study into the origins of the AIDS virus suggests one strain of the disease appeared in the early 20th century in the western region of Congo and spread through a swath of Africa over the next several decades without notice by the rest [...]

Half of HIV-Positive Gay Men in U.S. Aren’t Getting Proper Treatment

September 25, 2014

THURSDAY, Sept. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Even though gay and bisexual men make up the majority of Americans infected with HIV, half aren’t receiving ongoing care or getting the virus-suppressing drugs they need to stay healthy, a new report finds.
The study, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), looked at 2010 [...]

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 [...]


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