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Health Officials Warn of Deadly Powassan Virus

Health Officials Warn of Deadly Powassan VirusThe virus, which is transmitted through tick bites, is more rare than Lyme disease, and brings more serious symptoms, including inflammation of the brain.



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What You Need to Know About Zika Virus for 2017

What You Need to Know About Zika Virus for 2017After ranking as one of the top health stories of 2016, the Zika virus all but disappeared from the headlines once mosquito season came to an end for most of the continental U.S. But warmer days …



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One in seven people with HIV in EU unaware they have virus: report

By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – One in seven people with HIV in the Europe Union region is unaware they have the virus, seriously hampering efforts to meet a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the AIDS epidemic, a senior health expert said on Tuesday. The average estimated time between infection and diagnosis is four years with nearly half of people not being diagnosed until the late stages of the disease, according to a report published ahead of World AIDS Day on Dec 1. Around 810,000 people are believed to be living with HIV in the EU’s 28 member countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, the report by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows.
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‘Elephantiasis’ virus may boost AIDS risk: study

The parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti, is found in many areas in Africa where HIV infection rates are high, and can cause elephantiasis, a disease that horribly deforms the limbs and other parts of the bodyPeople infected with a common parasitic worm may be twice as likely to acquire the HIV virus that causes AIDS, a field study from Tanzania reported Wednesday. The parasite, Wuchereria bancrofti, is found in many areas in Africa where HIV infection rates are high, and can cause elephantiasis, a disease that horribly deforms the limbs and other parts of the body. The mosquito-borne worm can live in the human lymphatic system for years without symptoms emerging.



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HIV patients with undetectable virus unlikely to infect partner

By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – When drugs for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) suppress the virus in the blood to very low levels, patients are unlikely to infect their partners during condomless sex, suggests a new study. After following nearly 900 heterosexual and gay couples for an average of 16 months, researchers found no evidence that uninfected partners became infected after condomless sex with an HIV-positive partner with viral suppression. This good news bolsters the role of HIV treatment as a form of prevention, said lead author Dr. …
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US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

Earlier this week, US health officials confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted ZikaMiami (AFP) – US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.



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Anti-HIV drug for infants blocks virus in breastmilk, study says

A labourer breaks tiles as she breastfeeds her child at work in Mumbai, India on June 1, 2015; researchers said November 18 that giving anti-HIV drugs directly to infants as well as mothers can further reduce the risk of transmission in breast milkGiving anti-AIDS drugs directly to infants breastfed by their HIV-positive mothers significantly reduces their risk of contracting the killer virus, researchers said Thursday. Less than 1.5 percent of children, given one of two anti-viral drugs during 12 months of breastfeeding, caught the virus from their mothers, said a study published in The Lancet medical journal. This was the first study to assess the effectiveness of AIDS drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission in infants breastfed for longer than six months.



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New WHO study shows 3.7 billion people have herpes virus worldwide

The World Health OrganizationA new study released in the World Health Organization's PLOS One journal shows that two-thirds of people – or 3.7 billion — under age 50 are infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). In the Americas, around 39 percent of women and 49 percent of men are infected, while in the Eastern Mediterranean, 75 percent of both men and women are infected. HSV-1 most commonly causes skin lesions, or cold sores, around the mouth but research shows that it may increasingly cause genital herpes as well.



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Trial shows virus treatment effective against skin cancer

Trial shows virus treatment effective against skin cancerA genetically modified herpes virus was effective in fighting skin cancer by infecting and destroying cancer cells as well as triggering an immune response, according to results of a clinical trial released Tuesday. In the study, more than 16 percent of those treated with the drug had a treatment response lasting longer than six months, compared with two percent in the control groups. Results were more pronounced in patients with less advanced skin cancer and in those who had no prior treatment, indicating T-VEC could be a first-line treatment.



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Trial shows virus treatment effective against skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancerA genetically modified herpes virus was effective in fighting skin cancer by infecting and destroying cancer cells as well as triggering an immune response, according to results of a clinical trial released on Tuesday. It was the first time an advanced-stage trial of this type of drug has shown such positive results, according to scientists from The Institute of Cancer Research in London who published their study in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology. In the study, more than 16 percent of those treated with the drug had a treatment response lasting longer than six months, compared with two percent in the control groups.



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