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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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its intentions in a draft guidance that was first proposed […]

Experimental AIDS Vaccine Targets Hidden Virus

April 29, 2015

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, April 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Preliminary research suggests that an AIDS vaccine in development can ramp up the body’s immune system, boosting the response to medications HIV-positive patients take.
Years of research will be required to confirm that the vaccine works, and researchers don’t yet have the major funding needed […]

Drug-Related HIV Outbreak Spurs Nationwide Alert

April 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — With narcotic painkiller abuse now linked to 142 cases of HIV in rural Indiana, U.S. health officials are alerting other states to watch for clusters of HIV and hepatitis C among injection drug users.
The Scott County epidemic is “a powerful reminder that people who […]

U.S. Agrees to Help Launch ‘African CDC’

April 13, 2015

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) — An agreement to help create an African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was signed Monday by the United States and the African Union.
“The West African Ebola epidemic reaffirmed the need for a public health institute to support African ministries of health and other health agencies in their […]

HIV-Infected People Often Do Well After Kidney Transplant

April 3, 2015

FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — For years, it’s been thought that people living with HIV wouldn’t be good candidates to receive a new kidney.
But a new study finds that these patients actually have better outcomes than those infected with hepatitis C, or patients infected with both viruses.
“These findings show that HIV patients are […]

HIV Can Damage Brain Early On, Study Says

April 2, 2015

THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — HIV can spread to and develop in people’s brains in the early stages of infection, new research shows.
The findings highlight the need for screening and early treatment of infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the researchers said.
“Any delay runs the risk that the virus could find […]

HIV Patients May Fare as Well as Others With Kidney Transplants

March 19, 2015

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Kidney transplant patients with HIV have similar survival rates as those without HIV, a new study finds.
The study included 510 HIV-positive adults who had kidney transplants in the United States between 2002 and 2011. Overall, these patients had similar five- and 10-year survival rates as kidney transplant […]

Half of Known Strains of HIV Originated in Gorillas

March 2, 2015

MONDAY, March 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Since HIV first appeared in humans in the early 1980s, scientists have been laboring to discover where and how the AIDS-causing virus first developed.
Now, an international team of researchers says it has confirmed that two of the four known groups of HIV strains affecting humans originated in […]

Taking Pill Before, After Sex Cuts HIV Infection for Gay Men: Study

February 25, 2015

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s new evidence that gay men not infected with HIV can stay that way if they take a pill called Truvada in the days before and after a sexual encounter with an infected partner.
The strategy is known as “pre-exposure prophylaxis,” or PrEP. Prior studies had suggested that […]


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