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HIV Strikes Black Gay Men More, Despite Safer Behaviors

THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Young black gay men are 16 times more likely to have HIV than whites, even though they have fewer partners, have less unsafe sex, and get tested for HIV more often, a new study shows. "Our study…

Influential U.S. Panel Backs PrEP HIV-Prevention Pills

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- For the first time, a highly influential panel of experts says doctors should offer a daily pill to prevent HIV transmission to people who are at high risk for infection with the AIDS-causing virus. This…

When Meds Suppress HIV, Odds of Sexual Transmission Near Zero: Review

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When someone with HIV has the virus suppressed with medication, there is virtually no chance of passing it on to sex partners, a new review concludes. The Public Health Agency of Canada pulled together…

Antiviral Med Fuels Rapid Decline in New HIV Infections in Gay Men: Study

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Giving antiviral medications to gay men without HIV led to a 25 percent reduction in new infections of the AIDS-causing virus, a new study shows. Researchers followed 3,700 gay men who were given…

New Therapy May Control HIV Without Daily Pills

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of two HIV-fighting antibodies can suppress the virus in some patients, even after they stop standard drugs, a preliminary trial has shown. Researchers found that among 11 HIV patients…

Newer HIV Therapies Yield Big Gains But Racial Gaps Persist

TUESDAY, Aug. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Improved treatment has nearly tripled viral suppression rates among HIV patients in the United States over the past two decades, researchers report. But viral suppression rates remain lower among…

New Drug of Last Resort Tackles Resistant HIV

THURSDAY, Aug. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is typically a manageable infection, but medications that keep the virus at bay don't work for everyone. Now, researchers have developed a new medication to help them. The…

HIV Doubles Heart Disease Risk

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People with HIV are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those without the AIDS-causing virus, British researchers report. Their review of studies from 153 countries also found that HIV-associated…

Experimental HIV Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

FRIDAY, July 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental HIV vaccine was safe and triggered strong immune responses in healthy adults and in monkeys, researchers report. They say it also protected two-thirds of monkeys against an HIV-like…

Human Trials Set for Experimental HIV Vaccine

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental HIV vaccine protected animals from dozens of strains of HIV. And a human trial of the vaccine is expected to begin in the second half of 2019, according to U.S. researchers. The…

AHA: The Link Between HIV and High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- People with HIV are more likely than people without the virus to have high blood pressure, in part because of treatments and repercussions of the condition itself, a new review of research…

Scientists Zero in on Better Saliva-Based HIV Test

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental saliva-based HIV test shows promise, researchers report. The new test may be able to detect early evidence of HIV antibodies in saliva as reliably as a blood test, according to the…