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HIV Lessons Used in Hepatitis C Treatment

Drugs that interfere with HIV have had a major effect in reducing death and disability from AIDS. Now drug companies are beginning to test the first similar drugs for the hepatitis C virus.

HCV is now treated by a combination of alpha interferon, an...

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New Jersey: Former Inmate Sues Over Lack of Hepatitis C Care

Claiming that New Jersey prisoners were not treated for hepatitis C because of the costs, a former inmate filed suit against the state Department of Corrections and its health care supplier for alleged medical malpractice. The lawsuit, which also cla...

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Oklahoma's High Syphilis Rate Prompts Marketing Campaign

Oklahoma County, which traditionally has one of the nation's highest rates of syphilis, is fighting the STD with a public education campaign and improved screenings. The county had 90 syphilis cases in 2000, the 12th highest total among cities and co...

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Finally, New Jersey Informs All Inmates of Hepatitis C

In a mass notification prompted by a Philadelphia Inquirer investigation, New Jersey prison officials informed 421 inmates they had hepatitis C. The notification took place in the last two weeks of July, a medical audit shows. More than 1,100 prisone...

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Pennsylvania: Prisoner Unlocks Hepatitis C Epidemic

In 1992 at a state prison infirmary in Pittsburgh, inmate Rob Lassen learned he did not have HIV. But it took four years before Lassen, who was convicted of assault, was told he had tested positive for hepatitis C. The physician who revealed the diag...

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Online Access to Risky Sex

Gay and bisexual men looking for quick sex increasingly are turning to the Internet, and they are doing so at far greater rates than their heterosexual counterparts. As a result, public health experts say, they are speeding the spread of HIV and othe...

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Challenges in Prevention: Should STD and HIV Prevention Be Integrated?

Last week marked the sixth year since the Institute of Medicine, in its landmark report, "The Hidden Epidemic: Confronting Sexually Transmitted Diseases," challenged the sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention community and its multiple partner...

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Studies Suggest Hepatitis G Virus Slows Down the AIDS Virus

Two studies in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine (Vol. 345; No. 10; P 707-714 and 715-724) indicate that infection with a newly recognized virus seems to interfere with HIV, slowing its progression and prolonging survival of AIDS patients. T...

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Researchers Look at Three Bacterial STDs Among Youth

A study in the March issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health examined results of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia screening among youth in a federally-funded job training program. Data was evaluated from the medical records of 12,881 randomly sel...

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Physician Attitudes, Beliefs, and Chlamydia Screening Practices

A study in the March issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the proportion of primary care physicians who screen sexually active teenage women for chlamydia to determine demographic factors, practice characteristics, and attitudes associa...