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The three-decade-long fight against AIDS has seen a series of breakthroughs in recent weeks, showing momentum in the push for an HIV cure.

Founded in 1988, International AIDS Society Conference in Vancouver, researchers detailed some dramatic findings. They confirmed that, for people with HIV, starting treatments with antiretroviral drugs early did prevent AIDS-related illness and deaths.

How early treatment has changed the death sentence of AIDS


Until now, there had been concern that starting such therapy too early might increase patients’ risk of cardiovascular and renal disease. That news came on top of another surprising development, as doctors at the conference described the case of a French teenager. The so-far unidentified girl was born with HIV, and received antiretroviral treatment until she was 6. Twelve years later, she’s still free of the virus. It appears to be the first confirmed long-term remission in a child infected from birth.


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It's important to use condoms (rubbers, prophylactics) to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases include the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis. You can get them through having sex -- vaginal, anal, or oral.

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