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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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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
  • TAG Statement in Opposition to the Nomination of Tom Price for HHS Secretary

    Tom Price’s questionable fitness to head a multi-agency cabinet-level department charged with the health of U.S. residents can simply be ascertained from his own record as a Congressional representative to parts of Atlanta’s northern suburbs – a district and metro area with extremely high rates of HIV and a flourishing opioid epidemic.

    24 January 2017 | Treatment Action Group
  • Opportunities for addiction care and HIV prevention in Russia

    The study estimated that providing methadone therapy to as few as 3% of people with opioid addiction would result in almost 50,000 Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) averted, a substantial reduction in disease burden, over 10 years at a cost of just over $17 million USD.

    23 January 2017 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • 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
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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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