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Too Few Gay Teens Get HIV Tests, Study Finds

August 26, 2015

Gay teen boys are much less likely to get tested for HIV than older gay males, researchers report.

The Experimental Treatment That Might Prevent Herpes

August 6, 2015

A drug applied as a vaginal gel may substantially cut women’s risk of contracting genital herpes, a common and incurable sexually transmitted infection.

U.S. Teens Waiting Longer to Have Sex: CDC

July 22, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Less than half of U.S. teenagers aged 15 to 19 are having sex, a rate dramatically lower than it was a quarter-century ago, a new federal government report shows.
Only 44 percent of girls and 47 percent of boys between the ages of 15 and […]

Genes May Be Key to a Better HIV Vaccine, Study Says

July 15, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Someone’s genetic makeup may determine whether an HIV vaccine will work, a new study suggests.
Scientists say the finding could help them find a way to immunize people against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. While researchers have reported advances over the years, a working vaccine […]

Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When ‘Opportunistic’ Infections Strike

July 1, 2015

By David HeitzHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years.
“The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely,” said […]

Evidence Supports Medical Pot for Some Conditions, Not Others

June 23, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Medical marijuana can be useful in treating chronic pain, but may be less effective for other conditions, a new analysis reveals.
A review of nearly 80 clinical trials involving medical marijuana or marijuana-derived drugs revealed moderately strong evidence to support their use in treating chronic pain, […]

1 in 5 Younger Americans Tested for HIV

June 2, 2015

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly one-fifth of teens and younger adults in the United States have been tested recently for HIV, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
In 2011, more than 1 million Americans 13 and older had HIV, but one in seven did not know their infection status. Routine, voluntary testing is known […]

Global Trial Finds HIV Drugs Should Be Taken Right After Diagnosis

May 27, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People with HIV should start taking medications to battle the virus that causes AIDS as soon as they’re diagnosed, a new international study finds.
Scientists involved in the trial were so impressed by the health benefits of early use of HIV drugs that they shut the […]

Hundreds With HIV Could Donate Organs to Others With HIV: Study

May 14, 2015

THURSDAY, May 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly 400 HIV-positive potential organ donors in the United States could donate organs each year to HIV-positive people waiting for transplants, a new study estimates.
“The findings are significant because there are not enough organ donors in the United States to meet the needs of all of the patients […]

FDA Ready to Lift Ban on Blood Donations by Gay Men

May 12, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Gay and bisexual men who have abstained from sex for one year would be allowed to donate blood in the United States, under a new federal policy unveiled Tuesday.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its intentions in a draft guidance that was first proposed […]


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