NIH News in Health Features
Each protein in our body is uniquely designed to carry out its tasks. If we can understand how protein shapes affect what they do, we might be able to understand what goes wrong in some diseases and develop better treatments.
It’s an uncomfortable topic, but it’s a health issue you should know about. Nationwide, about 1 out of 6 people between ages 14 and 49 is infected with the main virus that causes genital herpes. Surprisingly, most people don’t know they’re infected. Even if you have no symptoms, or only mild ones, you can still transmit the virus to others.
Just one dose of an experimental therapy significantly reduced HIV levels in infected people for up to 28 days. This promising approach might help to combat many strains of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Recommended NIH Resources
AgePage: HIV, AIDS, and Older People
(National Institute on Aging)
HIV/AIDS information tailored for seniors. Topics include symptoms, getting tested, how people get HIV and AIDS, how HIV/AIDS differs in older people, and more.
(Office of the Director)
Extensive information and resources on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and research. Includes educational materials, mobile resources and tools, medical practice guidelines, drugs and clinical trials.
Drugs + HIV > Learn the Link
(National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Behaviors associated with drug abuse are among the main factors in the spread of HIV infection in the United States. Drugs can change the way the brain works, disrupting the parts of the brain that people use to weigh risks and benefits when making decisions. This site connects you to information about the link between drug abuse and HIV infection. It contains information for young people, parents and teachers, and the media.
(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Each year, 50,000 people in the United States become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Information and resources on understanding HIV/AIDS, what's new in research, clinical studies, funding opportunities and more.
(Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
HIV can be transmitted through sexual contact, contaminated needles or syringes, and through transmission from mother to child during pregnancy, the birth process, or breast milk. Information on the biology, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS in women (including pregnant women), infants, children, and adolescents.