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
  • 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

Harm reduction features

Harm reduction news from aidsmap

More news

Harm reduction news selected from other sources

  • Why addicts take drugs in 'fix rooms'

    Britain could soon see its first "fix room" for drug users - a safe space where addicts can take illegal narcotics under medical supervision. But who uses such places and how do they work? Report on Skyen, one of Copenhagen's fix rooms.

    12 January 2017 | BBC
  • Pence's GOP successor in Ind. plans to roll back needle exchange limits in wake of HIV outbreak

    Republican Eric Holcomb, who takes office next week, said he believes local officials — not the state — should be able to authorize needle exchanges, a move he characterized as a "prudent step."

    09 January 2017 | Chicago Tribune
  • Why Voters Who Put Trump in Power Are at High Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

    98 percent of the 220 counties most at risk of HIV and hep C outbreaks voted for Trump.

    29 December 2016 | Poz
  • HIV Cases Surpass a Million in Russia, but Little Is Done

    Quietly, the number of Russians who have received a positive H.I.V. diagnosis passed the one million mark this year. There is, however, little indication that the government will commit adequate resources to stem the acceleration of the virus from high-risk groups into the general population.

    29 December 2016 | New York Times
  • Heroin Overdoses Killed More People in US Than HIV, Melanoma or Firearms in 2015

    In 2015 at least 13,150 people died of heroin overdose, according to the CDC Wonder database, which houses public health data. That number was higher than the number of people killed in firearm homicides in the same year, which was 12,974, or the number of deaths attributed to HIV, which was 6,465, according to the CDC database.

    14 December 2016 | ABC News
  • “More Needs To Be Done To Reach The Most Vulnerable” - An Interview With David Liddell, Head Of The Scottish Drugs Forum

    Scotland has witnessed a dramatic increase in overdose deaths and HIV infections among injecting drug users. Policy-makers in Glasgow are reported to be considering a proposal to open the first supervised injection site, in response to the epidemics. We interviewed David Liddell, the director of the Scottish Drugs Forum, to learn more about the situation!

    13 December 2016 | Drug Reporter
  • Drug, HIV crises hit HHS nominee Tom Price close to home

    Representative Tom Price, the physician and congressman who is Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), represents a district just north of Atlanta that is experiencing some public health crises that he will likely be dealing with as HHS secretary: a serious heroin and opioid abuse epidemic, as well as elevated HIV infection rates.

    12 December 2016 | Science
  • In the Fight against AIDS, People Who Inject Drugs Are Being Left Behind

    Today, on World AIDS Day, you will repeatedly hear the mantra “leave no one behind,” referring to the concerted effort to end AIDS by 2030 pledged in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But evidence shows that people who use drugs, a population at particular risk of HIV transmission, are in fact being left further and further behind.

    02 December 2016 | Open Society Foundations
  • Opiates Are Threatening To Undo 3 Decades Of HIV Progress

    The United States’ ongoing opioid epidemic may be undoing the hard-fought public health gains of HIV/AIDS reduction, according to a U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report published Tuesday.

    30 November 2016 | Huffington Post
  • How Much of a Disaster Will Trump's Drug Policies Be?

    Those of us who care about helping people with addiction and using science to guide more humane approaches to drugs should be bracing for a tough fight ahead.

    24 November 2016 | Vice
More news

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.