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What to know about HAART for HIV

What to know about HAART for HIV

HAART refers to any HIV treatment that uses a combination of two or more drugs. A healthcare provider may choose to prescribe a combination of three or more drugs to improve the treatment’s chance of success. Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) is also sometimes called combination antiretroviral therapy, or antiretroviral therapy. In this article, we […]

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What is a 4th generation HIV test?

What is a 4th generation HIV test?

Fourth-generation HIV tests can detect both HIV antibodies and p24 antigens, whereas older versions only check for antibodies. This means the newer tests can provide a quicker diagnosis than the previous ones. Many clinics and healthcare providers offer free HIV testing. The process is straightforward, and it usually involves taking a small sample of blood, […]

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PSA levels after prostatectomy

PSA levels after prostatectomy

A prostatectomy is a type of surgery during which a surgeon will remove the prostate gland, often due to cancer. Following the operation, doctors use prostate-specific antigen testing to check for signs of cancer recurrence. The prostate gland produces low levels of a protein called prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Cancerous prostate cells also produce PSA. Doctors […]

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HIV and hair loss: What’s the link?

HIV and hair loss: What’s the link?

HIV is a viral infection that attacks the immune system and causes several symptoms and complications. Although people with HIV may experience hair loss, it is not a typical symptom. Other factors, such as medications and co-occurring conditions, may contribute to thinning hair. In this article, we look at the possible causes of hair loss […]

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Universal 10-minute cancer test in sight

Universal 10-minute cancer test in sight

Scientists have created an experimental test that can detect cancer in less than 10 minutes. The test uses a DNA feature that seems to be common to all types of cancer and does not occur in healthy tissue. Study finds that various cancers share the same ‘DNA signature.’ A team at the University of Queensland […]

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Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

Through my eyes: My bipolar journey

“She has blue eyes.” That was the first thing my dad said about me when I was born. He had blue eyes. It deeply saddens me to think that he was already looking for something that we had in common from the first moment he saw me. My thoughts would race from one thing to […]

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What role do brain lipids play in Parkinson’s disease?

What role do brain lipids play in Parkinson’s disease?

New research looks to brain lipids to identify a new therapeutic target for Parkinson’s disease. Researchers have identified a new therapeutic target to disrupt the formation of toxic plaques in the brain. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that affects about half a million people in the United States, according to the National Institutes of […]

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Differences between HIV-1 and HIV-2

Differences between HIV-1 and HIV-2

HIV is a virus that weakens the immune system. There are two main types of this virus: HIV-1 and HIV-2. Both types of HIV are long-term but manageable health conditions. With effective treatment, people with HIV can live long, healthy lives. Understanding the different types of HIV helps increase awareness of the condition. In this […]

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What causes HIV-related fatigue?

What causes HIV-related fatigue?

Many people who are living with HIV experience fatigue. It may be directly related to HIV or indirectly related through medications, psychological effects, or life stress. In this article, we look at the causes of HIV-related fatigue, how to overcome fatigue, and the effects HIV has on a person’s mental health. An unusual level of […]