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Young HIV patients experience near-normal lifespan

The average American born in 2015 is expected to live to 78.8 years of age. HIV patients aren’t far behind. A Lancet study finds a 20-year-old who begins treatment for HIV today can live to an estimated 78 years due in part to advances in antiretroviral therapy, reports the BBC. The latest drugs are better ..
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Adults urged to get vaccinated

A nurse displays a tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis whooping cough vaccine at a free medical and dental health clinic in Los Angeles  (Copyright Reuters 2017) Too many U.S. adults are not getting vaccinated, putting themselves and others at risk, immunization experts say. According to the latest available data, about 44 percent of adults over age ..
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Being incarcerated as a juvenile tied to poor health years later

An inmate serving a jail sentence rests his hand on a fence at Maricopa County’s Tent City jail in Phoenix  (Copyright Reuters 2017) People incarcerated as juveniles may have worse physical and mental health as adults than youths who did not spend time in detention centers or correctional facilities, according to a new study. "A ..
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Gates Foundation to invest up to $140M in HIV prevention device

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding from cultured lymphocyte. The multiple round bumps on cell surface represent sites of assembly and budding of virions.  (CDC.gov) The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million to support development of a tiny implantable drug pump it believes could help prevent people in sub-Saharan ..
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GSK’s two-drug HIV therapy shines in two big studies

Signage for GlaxoSmithKline is seen on it’s offices in London, Britain  (REUTERS) LONDON –  GlaxoSmithKline’s already fast-growing HIV drug business has received an important boost with the success of two major clinical studies testing a new two-drug treatment regimen to control the virus that causes AIDS. The approach is a departure from conventional triple drug ..
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Wisconsin VA dentist failed to meet proper cleaning standards

TOMAH, Wis. –  The health of hundreds of veterans is in question because a dentist at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center failed to meet proper cleaning standards. Tomah VA acting medical director Victoria Brahm said Tuesday 592 veterans that received care from the dentist can receive free screenings for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and ..
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AIDS experts say new vaccine trial may offer hope for a cure

  At the end of 2015, about 36.7 million people had been living with HIV/AIDS worldwide, according to UNAIDS. But new initiatives, including a clinical trial for an HIV vaccine in South Africa, as well as a campaign to help children stay free of AIDS, are giving advocates hope that more lives can be saved ..
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What Are the Signs & Symptoms of HIV for Women?

HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, is a member of the retrovirus family that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (otherwise known as AIDS). AIDS causes the body’s immune systems to fail, which can lead to life-threatening infections. HIV infection can occur through exposure to contaminated blood or other bodily fluids. According to the World Health Organization, the ..
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Signs and Symptoms of HIV Rash on Wrists

Skin rashes are common problems for people with HIV. As the white cell count drops, the frequency of rashes increases. New and old medications can also cause rashes over the course of years as medications may be changed repeatedly. Bacterial infections and infestations of scabies may also occur, which lead to itch and discomfort for ..
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How Long Can HIV Survive in a Needle?

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). HIV is transmitted in blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Transmission According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV is mainly spread by sexual contact, sharing needles and syringes with someone who has HIV, or by ..
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HIV Picture & Symptoms

HIV is a virus that attacks the human immune system, causing depletion of T-cells and eventual progression to AIDS. The symptoms of HIV are similar to those of many other conditions and cannot be relied upon as diagnostic criteria in the absence of an HIV test. Types HIV symptoms can be physical or psychological in ..
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What Is the Incubation Period for HIV?

The incubation period can vary from person to person, depending on how fast the body builds up antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Although symptoms of HIV may not appear for years, there are different tests that can be performed to shorten the incubation period for HIV. The actual time from the contraction of the ..
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How to Recognize HIV Symptoms

HIV symptoms last for only a short time at initial infection if they occur at all. In this first stage of the HIV virus the symptoms could also be caused by many other conditions. In the next phase of the HIV virus a victim can be without recognizable symptoms for ten years. In the third ..
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What Does a Non-Reactive HIV Test Mean?

A non-reactive HIV test means that HIV was not found in that testing sample. This test result is commonly referred to as “negative,” although a person who tests negative for HIV may nevertheless actually be HIV positive. Identification HIV tests are used to find antibodies to the virus. Developing a detectable level of antibodies (enough ..
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HIV Symptoms: Headache & a Stiff Neck

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, also known as HIV, is the precursor of one of the deadly diseases known to man: AIDS. Once infected, HIV attacks the T4 cells in the immune system. The T4 cells are what your body uses to fight off illnesses. Once your T4 cells fall below a certain amount, your immune system ..
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What Is the Blood Test for AIDS?

Blood tests are commonly used to detect the presence of antibodies in HIV. Testing directly for the presence of viral RNA is also used to screen blood, but this is more commonly used to monitor donated blood or to diagnose children of HIV-positive mothers. Identification The most common blood test for HIV is called an ..
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What do AIDS Lesions Look Like?

There are many different conditions that can lead to lesions in people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Some lesion types are fairly common, such as herpes or Kaposi’s sarcoma; while others, like molluscum contagiosum, are far less common. Herpes AIDS sufferers are at increased risk for herpes virus lesions, which cause cold sores, genital ..
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Signs & Symptoms of HIV in Babies

Infants can contract HIV from an HIV-positive mother during pregnancy, at birth or through breastfeeding. HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, manifests differently in babies than in adults, generally developing more quickly and affecting growth and development as well as overall health. Identification Tests to check for the presence of HIV’s RNA (polymerase chain reaction ..
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HIV Symptoms on the Tongue

HIV infection can lead to a number of oral symptoms, including those that affect your tongue. However, these symptoms occur only in later stages of HIV, and the only way to know your status before specific symptoms of HIV occur is through HIV testing. Fungal Infections Pseudomembranous candidiasis (thrush) and erythematous candidiasis are two fungal ..
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First Sign of HIV

There is no specific first sign of HIV, but there are several symptoms that may indicate HIV infection at two different stages. It is important to remember, however, that the only way to truly know one’s HIV status is by being tested. Acute HIV Infection Flu-like symptoms may occur two to four weeks after an ..
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