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Another HIV Hazard: Higher Risk for COPD

Another HIV Hazard: Higher Risk for COPD

Latest HIV News THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Adults with HIV have higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and are diagnosed with the lung disease years earlier than those without HIV, a new study finds. Smoking may be a major reason why, researchers suggest. “As people with HIV live longer, it […]

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Age Makes the Difference in Sticking With HIV Meds

Age Makes the Difference in Sticking With HIV Meds

Latest HIV News WEDNESDAY, Feb. 12, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Young people with HIV have much lower rates of viral suppression than adults with the AIDS-causing virus, a new U.S. study finds. Viral suppression means that HIV has been reduced to undetectable levels. Maintaining viral suppression for at least six months prevents the sexual transmission […]

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Few Teen Boys at Risk for HIV Get Tested

Few Teen Boys at Risk for HIV Get Tested

Latest HIV News TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Too few teenage boys at risk for HIV infection are tested for the AIDS-causing virus in the United States, researchers say. And this contributes to the growing epidemic of undiagnosed HIV in the nation. Close to 15% of HIV infections in the United States are […]

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HIV Drug Costs Soaring, Jeopardizing Effort to End Epidemic

HIV Drug Costs Soaring, Jeopardizing Effort to End Epidemic

Latest HIV News By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. government aims to end the HIV epidemic by 2030, but skyrocketing medication costs may make that a pipe dream, a new study suggests. Since 2012, the cost of antiviral treatment for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, has jumped […]

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HIV-Infected Newborns Can Wait Awhile for Treatment: Study

HIV-Infected Newborns Can Wait Awhile for Treatment: Study

Latest HIV News WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — The effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in newborns with HIV is similar whether it begins within days or within weeks, a new study finds. It included 73 infants in South Africa who were born with HIV infection. Of those, 46 started ART when they were […]

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HIV Triggers Immune System ‘Amnesia’ to Smallpox: Study

HIV Triggers Immune System ‘Amnesia’ to Smallpox: Study

Latest HIV News THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 (HealthDay News) — HIV infection causes a loss of immunity to smallpox, even in people who were vaccinated as kids and are taking antiretroviral drugs to restore their immune system, a new study finds. Such “HIV-associated immune amnesia” could explain why people with HIV who are on antiretroviral […]

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HIV/AIDS Infection Transmission and Prevention

HIV/AIDS Infection Transmission and Prevention

Articles on HIV-AIDS How does HIV infect the body? HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is spread through contact with genital fluids or blood of an infected person. The spread of HIV can occur when these secretions come in contact with tissues such as those lining the vagina, anal area, mouth, eyes (the mucus membranes), or with […]

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HIV Treatment, Medications, and Prevention

HIV Treatment, Medications, and Prevention

What are HIV treatments? What medications are used in the treatment of HIV? HIV Awareness – Anyone Can Get HIV Medicines have been developed to inhibit almost all stages of the viral lifecycle. These are called highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART or ART) and include the following: Nucleoside and nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) inhibit […]

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HIV Medications List and Drug Charts

HIV Medications List and Drug Charts

What drugs treat HIV/AIDS? A cocktail of several antiviral drugs is usually used to control HIV infections. Though the original HIV/AIDS pandemic that started in the 1980s killed millions, multiple drugs regimens have since made HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) a chronic illness rather than an immediately terminal one. HIV/AIDS is an incurable disease primarily transmitted […]

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What Are the Side Effects of HIV Medications?

What Are the Side Effects of HIV Medications?

What are the side effects of NRTIs? Most NRTIs can cause mild nausea and loose stools. In general, these symptoms resolve with time. ZDV (zidovudine) has been associated with decreased production of blood cells by the bone marrow, most often causing anemia, and occasionally hyperpigmentation (most often of the nails). D4T (stavudine) can damage nerves […]