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  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Safer drug use

    HIV and other blood-borne viruses can be transmitted via unsafe injecting practices. These unsafe practices include sharing injecting equipment such as water, spoons and filters, but the most...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

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  • Glasgow HIV outbreak ‘could spread’

    Experts fear an HIV outbreak in Glasgow is out of control, with ten new cases already this year, and many of the drug users affected unable or unwilling to comply with treatment.

    19 hours ago | The Herald
  • Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

    Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

    13 March 2017 | PinkNews
  • An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

    Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

    02 March 2017 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

    The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

    27 February 2017 | The Atlantic
  • Safer consumption facility would provide substantial financial gain for services

    The business case for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership’s proposed safer consumption facility for heroin users has found that safer consumption facilities not only improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, but are also ‘highly cost effective and contribute to savings’ for health services. Establishing a safer consumption facility would also create the potential for savings in other services in Glasgow.

    08 February 2017 | Scottish Drugs Forum
  • Health Canada approves three supervised consumption sites for Montreal

    Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal – the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada’s overdose crisis.

    07 February 2017 | Globe & Mail
  • Slamming booklet uses provocative 'Tom of Finland' images in safer injecting guide for gay men

    This publication is adapted from a groundbreaking Dutch publication Slammen Do’s and Don’ts first published by Mainline Foundation in January 2016. The UK edition was adapted by Andrew Preston and Roy Jones, and superbly illustrated in the style of Tom of Finland by Michael Linnell.

    06 February 2017 | Exchange Supplies
  • Reversing the HIV epidemic: Europe needs to scale-up prevention, testing and treatment

    In a two-day conference organised in collaboration between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and ECDC, HIV experts from across the European Union discussed how to reverse this trend and how to prepare Europe to achieve the set target of ending AIDS by 2030.

    31 January 2017 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Researchers identify drug that alleviates opioid withdrawal

    (University of Calgary) Opioid use and abuse is a significant social, health and economic issue. Researchers at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Hotchkiss Brain Institute have discovered that an existing anti-gout medication is effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents. For their study, the researchers looked specifically at two common opioid drugs: morphine and fentanyl. Their work is leading to the development of a clinical trial in Calgary.

    30 January 2017 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • What a Chemsex Clinic in Paris Taught Me About Saving Drug Users' Lives

    Elements of harm reduction are effective and, like PrEP, they are all components of our toolkit. Education, psychotherapy, peer support and a host of other interventions must work in tandem. Can we really afford not to utilize every tool we have to prevent HIV and HCV? For me, keeping clients safe while I work with them to become abstinent is essential. It's not necessary to wait for an HIV and HCV "hotspot" like the one in Indiana to emerge before we take action. Let's check our moral outrage, become fully informed and use every tool possible. Countless lives are at stake.

    27 January 2017 | The Body Pro
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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.

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