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FDA Announces First Ever at Home HIV Test

In the never-ending war against the spread of the HIV virus that can lead to AIDS, the Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it has approved the first-ever a self-administered HIV testing kit that produces results without the use of a laboratory.

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FDA May Approve Truvada for HIV Prevention, But Controversy Looms

On Thursday, the Food And Drug Administration will meet to decide whether Truvada, a drug which is used to manage HIV, should also be approved as a way of preventing the spread of the disease.

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AIDS Deaths and HIV Infections Hit Lowest Numbers Since Start of Epidemic

The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is reporting world AIDS deaths and new HIV infections have each dropped 21 percent since the peak of the AIDS pandemic, the most optimistic report the group has ever issued.

Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS program, says in a news release, “We have seen a massive scale-up in access to HIV treatment, which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”

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This Day in History for November 7 – Magic Johnson’s HIV Announcement and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1908 – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are reportedly killed in San Vicente, Bolivia (More info)

1916 – Jeannette Rankin becomes the first woman elected to the United States Congress (More info)

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Older Woman Robs Bank by Threatening Teller With AIDS

When you’re desperate for cash but don’t have a scary weapon to rob a bank, you make due with what you have. For an elderly woman in Colorado, that was a piece of paper and a life-threatening disease.

Last Thursday, the unidentified woman, aged somewhere between 55 and 75, walked up to a Wells Fargo teller in a Safeway grocery store wearing a conductor hat and gray sweatshirt. There, she handed the teller a note.

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