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Needle-exchange funds dwindle after Christie veto — and that may cost NJ more

Needle programs help prevent drug users from spreading HIV and hepatitis C, which are more costly to treat.

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As many as 4 in 10 gay men have HIV in some Southern cities

Three out of every 10 gay or bisexual men in several cities in the U.S. South have been diagnosed with the AIDS virus, three times the national rate, according to a study about how common HIV infections are in metro areas.

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Doctor Dorry Segev answers questions about the first ever HIV-positive liver transplant in the world during a news conference at Johns Hopkins hospital, March 30, 2016 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Doctor Dorry Segev answers questions about the first ever HIV-positive liver transplant in the world during a news conference at Johns Hopkins hospital, March 30, 2016 in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
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Hopkins begins nation’s first HIV-positive organ transplants

Surgeons in Baltimore for the first time have transplanted organs between an HIV-positive donor and HIV-positive recipients. It's a long-awaited new option for patients with the AIDS virus whose kidneys or livers also are failing.

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FILE - This Thursday, June 26, 2008 file photo shows a developer solution vial, left, and test device, right, for an oral rapid HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York. According to government estimates released Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, for the average American, the odds of an HIV infection is 1 in 99 and has been declining. But the risk varies widely for different groups. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
HIV test at a medical center in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
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CDC: 1 in 2 black gay men in US will be diagnosed with HIV

About half of gay and bisexual black men will be diagnosed with the AIDS virus in their lifetime, according to new government estimates.

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Will NJ’s heroin epidemic lead to more cases of HIV?

There's concern among medical professionals and public health advocates that the increase in heroin users in New Jersey could lead to an increase in HIV cases from sharing contaminated needles.

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HIV testing uncommon in teens despite recommendations: CDC

Fewer than 1 in 4 high school students who've had sex have ever been tested for HIV, a troubling low rate that didn't budge over eight years, government researchers say. Young adults fared slightly better, although testing rates have declined in black women, a high-risk group.

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NJ company’s new HIV medication a boon, but serious threat remains

A New Jersey drug company is testing a new HIV medication that may keep the virus at bay, but medical professionals say that doesn't mean the threat of the disease has been eradicated.

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Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV

A major international study says don't delay in seeking HIV treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.

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FILE - In this April 21, 2015 file photo, needles are displayed at the Austin Community Outreach Center in Austin, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Indiana approves 1st needle-exchange program under new law

Indiana approved year-long needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users.

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Indiana to declare public health emergency over HIV outbreak

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is preparing to declare a public health emergency in a county that's at the epicenter of an HIV outbreak tied to intravenous drug use.

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