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No AIDS estimate available yet: CDC

Sun Dec 2, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New federal numbers put the number of Americans infected with the AIDS virus each year close to 50 percent higher than previous estimates, activist groups and some media reported, but federal officials denied on Sunday that the data was finished yet.

The groups say the new numbers put the number of people newly infected each year with the virus at 55,000 instead of 40,000. The New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal all say they have sources confirming this estimate.

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U.S. aims to take HIV tests to high-risk people

Fri Nov 30, 2007

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A program backed by U.S. health authorities brought HIV tests to about 24,000 people at high risk for infection who otherwise might have been missed by AIDS prevention efforts, officials said on Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention described the results of a program it funded from 2004 to 2006 in which eight private community-based AIDS outreach organizations offered rapid HIV tests in seven big cities.

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D.C. Highest In HIV/AIDS Epidemic

WASHINGTON - A new report released Monday shows that HIV/AIDS is sweeping across the Washington-Metropolitan region with devastating consequences. The Whitman Walker clinic said the District has an HIV/AIDS infection rate that is 10 times the national average.

The 120-page report, which is the city's first on HIV/AIDS since 2000, shows that about 1 in 20 city residents has HIV and 1 in 50 have AIDS, with the disease growing at an alarming rate in the black community.

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AIDS study spurs Haitian outrage

BY FRED TASKER and JACQUELINE CHARLES, ftasker@miamiherald.com

A new scientific finding that AIDS came to the United States from Africa via Haiti, probably arriving in Miami as early as 1969, stoked controversy among researchers and Haitians on Tuesday -- reopening deep wounds over the medical community's role in perpetuating a stigma against people from the island.

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AIDS Virus Came to US Via Haiti

By Jessica Berman

Washington
30 October 2007

The strain of the HIV virus which predominates in the United States and Europe has been traced back to Haiti by a team of scientists. The team hopes that knowing the virus's origin could help find a cure for HIV, which can lead to AIDS. Correspondent Jessica Berman in Washington has this report.

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Still Losing the AIDS Fight

By Richard Holbrooke

Tuesday, October 9, 2007; Page A17

On the day you read this column, an estimated 12,000 people worldwide will contract HIV. Ninety percent of them, about 10,800 people, will not learn they are infected until full-blown AIDS hits them -- in 2015. Until then, those people will unintentionally spread the virus that lies silently within each of them.

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Modern technology and ancient surgery battle AIDS

Tue 24 Jul 2007

By Michael Perry

SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) - The emergence of new and improved drugs, genetic engineering and the ancient surgical practice of circumcision are the latest weapons in the fight against AIDS, the International AIDS Society conference was told on Tuesday.

A new batch of drugs that slow the progress of HIV in patients and genetically modified cells that prevent further infections are about to become available or trialled, doctors told the world's largest AIDS conference.

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Modern technology and ancient surgery battle AIDS

Tue 24 Jul 2007

By Michael Perry

SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) - The emergence of new and improved drugs, genetic engineering and the ancient surgical practice of circumcision are the latest weapons in the fight against AIDS, the International AIDS Society conference was told on Tuesday.

A new batch of drugs that slow the progress of HIV in patients and genetically modified cells that prevent further infections are about to become available or trialled, doctors told the world's largest AIDS conference.

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Genome survey provides clue to HIV's 'Achilles heel'

By Steve Connor, Science Editor Published: 20 July 2007

Three genetic alterations in people infected with HIV may have given them some protection against Aids, scientists say.

The discovery, made during a survey of the human genome, could lead to a better understanding of how an effective vaccine for the virus can be developed which helps to prevent HIV from attacking and overwhelming the body's immune defences.

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New Direction In HIV Vaccine Research

by The Associated Press

Posted: July 11, 2007

(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Two University of Oklahoma scientists are starting research that they hope will someday lead to the development of a vaccine to combat the HIV virus, which causes AIDS.

The research to be performed by Mark Lang, an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the OU Health Sciences Center, and microbiologist John West will examine the basic aspects of the immune system, rather than the complex aspects of the virus.

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