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Opioid Crisis Fuels A Spike In HIV Infections, And Experts Fear There's More To Come

As two cities in Massachusetts struggle with an outbreak, the powerful synthetic fentanyl may be mostly to blame.

Published
04 October 2018
From
Huffington Post
New bid to cut deaths in Glasgow's HIV 'epidemic'

A LEADING HIV charity is launching a project that it hopes will save lives in the midst of a Glasgow epidemic of the blood borne virus – the worst in the UK since the eighties – that experts claim has still not been contained.

Published
25 September 2018
From
The National
Overwhelming evidence shows hepatitis C treatment effective for people who inject drugs

Researchers are calling on an end to discriminatory health and illicit drugs policies, based on overwhelming evidence that new hepatitis C therapies are effective at curing the virus in people who inject drugs.

Published
21 September 2018
From
EurekAlert
The Crucial Link Between Drug Policy and HIV Rates

The evidence that a government’s posture toward drug use affects HIV rates is compelling, and there are a number of case studies from around the world that suggest a therapy-first approach could significantly lower HIV transmission rates among PWID.

Published
18 September 2018
From
MD Magazine
New study finds HIV outbreak in Indiana could have been prevented

An HIV outbreak among people who inject drugs in Indiana from 2011 to 2015 could have been avoided if the state’s top health and elected officials had acted sooner on warnings, a new study by the Yale School of Public Health finds.

Published
14 September 2018
From
Yale News
New program boosts use of HIV medications in injection-drug users

A relatively simple effort to provide counseling and connect injection-drug users with resources could prove powerful against the spread of HIV in a notoriously hard-to-reach population, new research suggests.

Published
31 August 2018
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
The CDC Predicted An Opioid-Driven HIV Outbreak. Now It's Found One In Massachusetts.

An HIV outbreak in Massachusetts has grown to 129 confirmed cases, state officials said, an alarming cluster largely driven by drug users sharing needles.

Published
28 August 2018
From
BuzzFeed News
UK study finds buprenorphine’s lifesaving lead over methadone has been undermined by poorer retention

This study compared two types of opioid substitution treatment, testing the theory that buprenorphine is associated with a lower risk of mortality than methadone. An analysis of patient care records found that during treatment at UK primary care practices, buprenorphine was consistently associated with lower rates of overall mortality and drug-related poisoning deaths than methadone. However, across the population buprenorphine is unlikely to give greater overall protection because of the relatively short duration of treatment.

Published
24 August 2018
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Access to opioid agonist therapy in Russia: time for reform (free registration required)

The efforts to halt the spread of HIV in Russia are hindered by the policies of its government, which has scaled back harm reduction efforts and denied access to opioid agonist treatment to 1·8 million people who inject drugs in Russia, many of whom inject opioids.

Published
07 August 2018
From
The Lancet
Harm Reduction International appoints Naomi Burke-Shyne as executive director

Harm Reduction International (HRI) announced today the appointment of Naomi Burke-Shyne as its new executive director. She will take the position on 1 September 2018, replacing Dr Rick Lines who has served as executive director since 2010.

Published
31 July 2018
From
Harm Reduction International
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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