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HIV Resistance to Drugs a Growing Problem

Mon Jul 8, 2002

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - Drug resistance has returned as a mounting problem in HIV /AIDS  treatment, after a brief lull in the late 1990s, according to new figures released on Saturday.

The introduction of triple-drug therapies in the mid-1990s revolutionized the treatment of the disease for thousands of those infected in Western countries, allowing them to return to relatively normal lives.

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Many HIV+ Gay Men in US Don't Know They Have Virus

Mon Jul 8, 2002

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - A high proportion of young gay and bisexual men with HIV infection in US cities are unaware that they are carrying the virus, according to the results of a study presented on Sunday, the opening day of the International AIDS Conference here.

And more than half of the HIV-positive men surveyed reported that they considered themselves to be at low risk of infection, lead researcher Dr. Duncan MacKellar, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told conference participants.

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Many HIV+ Gay Men in US Don't Know They Have Virus

Mon Jul 8, 2002

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - A high proportion of young gay and bisexual men with HIV infection in US cities are unaware that they are carrying the virus, according to the results of a study presented on Sunday, the opening day of the International AIDS Conference here.

And more than half of the HIV-positive men surveyed reported that they considered themselves to be at low risk of infection, lead researcher Dr. Duncan MacKellar, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told conference participants.

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HIV Stable in U.S. but African Americans Hit Hard

Mon Jul 8, 2002

By Patricia Reaney

BARCELONA (Reuters) - New HIV infections have stabilized in the United States but African Americans account for a disproportionate number of new cases of the deadly virus.

After a marked decline in AIDS from 1996 to 1998 due to cocktails of anti-AIDS drugs, data from 25 states reported at an AIDS conference Sunday show about 10,000 new cases of the virus are diagnosed each quarter, roughly 40,000 a year, in t

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HIV Stable in U.S. but African Americans Hit Hard

Mon Jul 8, 2002

By Patricia Reaney

BARCELONA (Reuters) - New HIV infections have stabilized in the United States but African Americans account for a disproportionate number of new cases of the deadly virus.

After a marked decline in AIDS from 1996 to 1998 due to cocktails of anti-AIDS drugs, data from 25 states reported at an AIDS conference Sunday show about 10,000 new cases of the virus are diagnosed each quarter, roughly 40,000 a year, in t

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Life Expectancy to Plummet in Africa Due to AIDS

Mon Jul 8,2002

By Stephen Pincock

BARCELONA (Reuters Health) - The average life expectancy of people in 11 African countries will drop below age 40 by the year 2010 as HIV  continues to shorten the lives of millions, US government researchers said on Sunday.

"By 2010, we project that life expectancies in these countries will be back to levels that have not been seen since the 19th century," US Census Bureau 's Karen Stanecki told reporters at the International

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AIDS Stalks Women and U.S. Doesn't Help

July 9, 2002

The face of AIDS is female.

Hers is not the portrait the American public wants to see. It is more comfortable for us to conclude that AIDS is a disease that affects only them. That is, people who are gay or in the grip of drugs, out there at a distance that is safe enough from the moral middle class.

The international conference on AIDS being held this week in Barcelona bares the truth. Women - heterosexual women in sanctioned relationships - are the world's chief victims of AIDS.

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New HIV Treatment Guidelines

Sat Jul 6, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - New treatment guidelines suggest symptom-free HIV patients can wait longer than previously recommended to begin taking AIDS drugs.

"The threshold for initiation of therapy has shifted to a later time in the course of HIV disease" because of increased awareness of the effectiveness of AIDS drugs and their toxic side effects, an International AIDS Society-USA panel concluded.

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U.N. Warns of HIV/AIDS Spread

Tue Jul 2, 2002

By HARMONIE TOROS, Associated Press Writer

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - New evidence shows that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has not peaked and the HIV virus is now spreading rapidly in the world's most populous countries, including China, India and Indonesia, according to a U.N. report.

The UNAIDS report on the HIV/AIDS epidemic released Tuesday also warned that unsafe sex in Europe and North America was leading to higher rates of infection, with Eastern Europe suffering from the highest increase in new infections.

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