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In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Truvada to prevent HIV infection in people at high risk. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Expert Panel Recommends Wider Use Of Daily Pill To Prevent HIV Infections

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Jake Powell, who works in New York City, is originally from Wyoming. Powell joined the PrEP4All movement after having to go off the drug for six months because it was too costly, even for someone with health insurance. Courtesy of Brandon Cuicchi hide caption

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AIDS Activists Take Aim At Gilead To Lower Price Of HIV Drug PrEP

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A paramedic takes a blood sample from a baby for a HIV test in Larkana, Pakistan, on May 9. The government is offering screenings in the wake of an HIV outbreak. Rizwan Tabassum /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar at a White House roundtable discussion of health care prices in January. Azar tells NPR his office is now in "active negotiations and discussion" with drugmakers on how to make HIV prevention medicines more available and "cost-effective." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How HHS Secretary Reconciles Proposed Medicaid Cuts, Stopping The Spread Of HIV

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A color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph shows HIV particles (orange) infecting a T cell, one of the white blood cells that play a central role in the immune system. Science Source hide caption

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Bone Marrow Transplant Renders Second Patient Free Of HIV

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A staffer at the Right to Care AIDS clinic in Johannesburg administers an HIV test on a young boy. South Africa is one of the countries that receives funds from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Gallo Images/Getty Images hide caption

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AIDS activist group ACT UP organized numerous protests on Wall Street in the 1980s. The group's tactics helped speed the process of finding an effective treatment for AIDS. Tim Clary/AP hide caption

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How To Demand A Medical Breakthrough: Lessons From The AIDS Fight

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Brittany Williams, a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia, started taking Truvada when she began dating a man living with HIV. Even though the relationship ended, she continues to take it. Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR hide caption

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More testing for HIV infection is one of the steps needed to halt the spread of the virus. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Halting U.S. HIV Epidemic By 2030: Difficult But Doable

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First lady Melania Trump with 10-year-old Grace Eline, a guest of President Trump at the State of the Union address Tuesday. Grace was diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Trump cited her experience in calling for more research into childhood cancer treatments. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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ACT UP demonstrators shout and carry posters outside the 1992 Republican National Convention. Gregory Smith/Corbis/Getty Images hide caption

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Larry Dearmon (left) and Stephen Mills pose on their wedding day at Lake Tahoe in 2013. Courtesy of Larry Dearmon hide caption

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A Couple Reflects On A Loss From AIDS That Brought Them Together

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Genetics researcher He Jiankui said his lab considered ethical issues before deciding to proceed with DNA editing of human embryos to create twin girls with a modification to reduce their risk of HIV infection. Critics say the experiment was premature. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Chinese Scientist Says He's First To Create Genetically Modified Babies Using CRISPR

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Mary Horman (left), a registered nurse for Clackamas County, and Liz Baca, a disease intervention specialist for the county, search for the right address in an Oregon neighborhood. Part of their job is to get information to people who may have a serious, treatable infection, yet not realize it. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Discreetly Tracking Down Sex Partners To Stop A Surge In STDs

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A tinted transmission electron micrograph of Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria (light purple/black) inside a cell. Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S., with more than 1.7 million reported cases in 2017. Biomedical Imaging Unit, Southampton General Hospital/Science Source hide caption

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Chimps use sticks to poke into a mock termite mound to taste a sweet substance placed in the mound by keepers at Chimp Haven in Keithville, La. Today, caretakers say, more chimps in the U.S. live in accredited animal sanctuaries than in research facilities. Janet McConnaughey/AP hide caption

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Too Frail To Retire? Humans Ponder The Fate Of Research Chimps

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Girls at the St. John's Community Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, attend an event supported by PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Ben Curtis/AP hide caption

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Praise For The Global HIV Program That Trump Wants To Cut

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Hepatitis C virus is typically transmitted through blood, but an infected person who spits at someone can run afoul of the law in some jurisdictions. James Cavallini/Science Source hide caption

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