Harm reduction programmes and practices aim to reduce the harms associated with drug use. These include needle and syringe programmes, opioid substitution therapy, drug consumption rooms and overdose prevention.

Harm reduction: latest news

Harm reduction resources

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Harm reduction features

Harm reduction news from aidsmap

More news

Harm reduction news selected from other sources

  • Safe consumption sites: Study identifies policy change strategies and challenges

    A new qualitative study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identifies several key lessons from early efforts to establish sanctioned safe consumption sites in five US communities. The results offer insights on one approach some localities are exploring to address the escalating drug overdose crisis in the US.

    15 February 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Needle and syringe programs cost-effectively prevent hepatitis C transmission

    Providing clean injecting equipment through needle and syringe programs is a highly cost-effective way of preventing hepatitis C (HCV) transmission among people who inject drugs and could save millions of pounds in infection treatment costs in the UK, according to research led by the University of Bristol and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

    24 January 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Sexual minorities more likely to suffer severe substance use disorders

    Researchers know that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, but until now they didn't know to what degree.

    15 January 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Mike Pence’s HIV/AIDS Hypocrisy

    The vice president says he’s ready to fight HIV, but his record says otherwise.

    29 November 2018 | Huffington Post (video)
  • Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

    Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    29 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise - experts

    Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    28 November 2018 | Reuters
  • Canada to invest $8.5 million in harm reduction projects for HCV, HIV

    Canadian Minister of Health announced that the Government of Canada will fund 28 projects across the country designed to reduce the risk for bloodborne infections among people who use injection drugs such as hepatitis C and HIV, according to a press release.

    16 October 2018 | Healio
  • How the myth about opioids and chronic pain affects people living with HIV

    What are the benefits of long-term opioid use for people living with HIV, and what are the harms? To shed light on these issues, Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD, joins BETA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Merlin is an infectious disease physician, an addiction specialist, and she runs a chronic pain clinic for people living with HIV.

    09 October 2018 | BETA blog
  • 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.

    04 October 2018 | Huffington Post
  • 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.

    14 September 2018 | Yale News
More news
Tell us why you visited aidsmap today
minimise

Could you help us by answering three questions on why you’ve visited aidsmap today?

You can close this questionnaire and come back to it later. Just click on the pink circle.

What prompted you to visit aidsmap today?

What exactly are you looking for? What specific questions do you need answered?

Have you found what you were looking for?

close

Thank you for your feedback

Thank you very much for taking time to fill in this questionnaire. NAM really values your feedback. It helps make the information we provide better.

If you have any other comments on the content of this website, we would be interested to hear from you. Please email info@nam.org.uk.

Our information levels explained

  • Short and simple introductions to key HIV topics, sometimes illustrated with pictures.
  • Expands on the previous level, but also written in easy-to-understand plain language.
  • More detailed information, likely to include medical and scientific language.
  • Detailed, comprehensive information, using medical and specialised language.
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
close

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.