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Okla. dentist's office a 'menace to public health'
The crisp, stucco exterior of an Oklahoma dental clinic concealed what health inspectors say they found inside: rusty instruments used on patients with infectious diseases and a pattern of unsanitary practices that put thousands of people at risk for hepatitis and the virus that causes AIDS. Read more


'Cured' HIV baby raises questions for other newborns

The case of a baby who may have been cured of an HIV infection raises two tantalizing prospects: Is it possible to save even more newborns from infection, and is it possible that other babies may have been cured and no one knows it yet?The case of a baby who may have been cured of an HIV infection raises two tantalizing prospects: Is it possible to save even more newborns from infection, and is it possible that other babies may have been cured and no one knows it yet?


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Test of gel, pills to prevent HIV fails in real-life study
African women who were testing a gel or a pill to protect them from the AIDS virus weren't able to use either consistently enough to tell if they worked, researchers reported Monday. Read more


Kenya village pairs AIDS orphans with grandparents
Nyumbani, Kenya, was born of the AIDS crisis. The 938 children here all saw their parents die. The 97 grandparents saw their middle-aged children die. But put together, the bookend generations take care of one another. Read more


Risk-taking teens, young adults infected by, spreading HIV
AIDS is alive and well in a new generation of teenagers and young adults, most of them young men, who are having risky sex, often fueled by drugs or alcohol, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Read more


U.N.: End of AIDS 'feasible' as infections fall
An end to the worldwide AIDS epidemic is in sight, the United Nations says, mainly due to better access to drugs that can both treat and prevent the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease. Read more


New push for most in US to get at least 1 HIV test
There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks. Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once -- not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday. Read more


New test to improve HIV diagnosis in poor countries
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have come up with a test for the virus that causes AIDS that is ten times more sensitive and a fraction of the cost of existing methods, offering the promise of better diagnosis and treatment in the developing world. Read more


HIV prevention pill also for straight people at risk
U.S. health officials said Thursday that doctors should consider giving an AIDS prevention pill to women and heterosexual men who are at high risk for getting the virus. Read more


Aging AIDS epidemic raises new questions

In this photo taken July 25, Carolyn Massey, 54, of Laurel, Md., who has HIV, waits for the start of a panel on AIDS is graying. By the end of the decade, the government estimates, more than half of Americans living with HIV will be over 50. Even in developing countries, more people with the AIDS virus are surviving to middle age and beyond.


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