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25-Year Prison Sentence Vanishes for Man Convicted of Not Disclosing HIV Status
By Myles Helfand
September 23, 2009

Twenty-five years in prison and a lifetime of parole. That's the sentence that was initially handed down to Nick Rhoades, a 34-year-old, HIV-positive man living in Iowa. His crime: Failing to disclose his HIV status to another man before having sex with him.

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How Long Will You Live With HIV? Take Studies With a Grain of Salt
By Myles Helfand
September 9, 2009

It's one of the most pressing, frightening questions facing people with HIV, whether they've been newly diagnosed or have been infected for some time. And like so many other questions in HIV, the answer is frustratingly complex, confusing and ever-changing.

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Kaletra and Gemfibrozil (Lopid): A Match Not Made in Lipid Heaven
By Myles Helfand
August 19, 2009

The latest item to add to your "Oh Great, Another Thing I Need to Keep an Eye On" list comes from the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and it specifically concerns a drug known as gemfibrozil (brand name: Lopid), part of a family of triglyceride-fighting drugs called fibrates. The study involved eight men and seven women, all of whom were HIV-negative. Here's what happened:

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HIV (Apparently) Comes From Gorillas: What This Means for the HIV Community
By Myles Helfand
August 5, 2009

This latest bout of overblown HIV-related news comes to you from France, where scientists have found the first case in which a human was apparently infected with a gorilla-like strain of HIV. Here's the gist of the story, as published in the online edition of Nature Medicine on Aug. 2:

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