Archive for June, 2009

According to CDC Few Teens Take HIV Tests

Officials of United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that almost half of the HIV-positive American adolescents and young adults are not aware they are infected, while less than a quarter of sexually active high school students get tested for the virus.In an analysis using data from a 2007 survey of students between the ages 14 to 18, only 22 percent of sexually active high school students are tested for HIV.  Meanwhile, an estimated 48 percent of teens and young adults wh…

Hopes for HIV Cure Revived with “Shock and Kill” Treatment

When it comes to treating HIV, there is only one obstacle that prevented doctors from eliminating the dreaded virus:  its tendency to go dormant most of the time.  Recently, a research group in Italy has developed an unusual technique, which they believe may hold the key in the discovery of a cure.According to Dr. Enrico Garaci, president of the Italian Institute of Health, he and his team studied the HIV’s “barrier of latency,” which has become a singular obstacle that prevents HIV patients fro…