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New York regulators tell insurers to cover transgender treatment

| Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Officials say commercial insurers may not deny needed treatment for gender dysphoria when someone's gender at birth is contrary to his or her identity.

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Human Rights Campaign backs use of daily HIV-prevention pill

| Saturday, October 18, 2014
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The largest U.S. gay-rights organization Saturday endorsed efforts to promote the use of a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV infection and called on insurers to provide more generous coverage of the drug. Some doctors have been reluctant to prescribe the drug, Truvada, on the premise that it might encourage high-risk, unprotected sexual behavior...

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Georgia public health department launches HIV/AIDS website

| Wednesday, October 8, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Health officials in Georgia have launched an online clearinghouse for information related to HIV and AIDS in the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health announced the launch of the Georgia CAPUS Care Portal.

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Puerto Rico partners on U.S. project to develop HIV vaccine

| Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's governor says the island's largest public university is partnering with federal agencies to oversee a U.S.-funded project aimed at trying to develop a prophylactic vaccine for the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

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Longtime AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending the FDA

| Monday, August 11, 2014
AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves. In the early 1990s, Gonsalves traveled to Washington to confront, provoke and challenge officials at the Food and Drug Administration. A quarter century later, he still travels to Washington, but with a very different agenda: to defend the FDA.
WASHINGTON -- As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group Act Up, which staged protests outside the FDA's headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs for patients ...

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‘Exciting discovery’ could potentially eradicate HIV from human cells

| Thursday, July 24, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Researchers at Temple University announced this week that they completely eliminated a dormant strain of HIV embedded in human cells, an advance that researchers on the project called a possible “game changer” by raising hopes that science is closer to not only suppressing but actually curing the virus that causes AIDS.

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Study: HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in U.S. over past decade

| Saturday, July 19, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The rate of HIV infections diagnosed in the United States each year fell by one-third over the past decade, a government study finds. Experts celebrated it as hopeful news that the AIDS epidemic may be slowing in the U.S. "It's encouraging," said Patrick Sullivan, an Emory University AIDS researcher who was not involved in the study...

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Number of people living with HIV worldwide unchanged since 2012

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Students paste red ribbons on a window to mark World AIDS Day.
LONDON -- The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lowest since peaking almost a decade ago, according to a report from the United Nations AIDS agency released Wednesday. Officials declared that ending the AIDS epidemic is possible even though they acknowledged...

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World Heath Org advises taking PrEP drug to prevent HIV infection

| Saturday, July 12, 2014
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The World Health Organization on Friday suggested for the first time that all men who have sex with men should take antiretroviral drugs to prevent HIV infection. In guidelines published Friday, the UN health agency warned that HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, resulting in "exploding epidemics," according to...

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AIDS research team in Iowa loses $1.38M grant due to faked study results

| Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Dong-Pyou Han
DES MOINES, Iowa -- An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday. One of the members of the research team, Dong-Pyou Han, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts...

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