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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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  • The Social Life of Opioids

    In essence, if we want to have less opioid use, we may have to figure out how to have more love.

    19 September 2017 | Scientific American
  • Heroin addiction: Why we took on this 7-day project

    We undertook this work – spreading our staff throughout courtrooms, jails, treatment facilities, finding addicts on the streets and talking to families who have lost love ones – to put the epidemic in proportion. It is massive. It has a direct or indirect impact on every one of us. It doesn’t discriminate by race, gender, age or economic background. Its insidious spread reaches every neighborhood, every township, every city, regardless of demographics.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • Seven Days of Heroin: This is what an epidemic looks like

    The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.

    12 September 2017 | Cincinnati.com
  • Still no harm reduction? A critical review of the UK Government’s new Drug Strategy

    This briefing, endorsed by eight of the UK’s leading harm reduction and drug treatment organisations, looks at whether the focus on harm reduction has improved under the new strategy, and discusses challenges in the funding environment which will have a disproportionate impact on harm reduction services.

    11 September 2017 | National AIDS Trust
  • Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs issues stark warning on funding cuts

    Funding cuts are the ‘single biggest threat’ to treatment recovery outcomes, according to the government’s own advisors, the ACMD. Maintaining funding levels for treatment is ‘essential’ for preventing drug-related deaths and crime, states Commissioning impact on drug treatment, which contains examples of funding reductions brought about by re-procurement or variations to existing contracts.

    07 September 2017 | Drink & Drug News
  • South Africa: Drug dependence isn’t a crime, it’s a medical condition

    Where South Africa has succeeded in breaking taboos and adopting people-based policies to tackle HIV infection for the general population, it has failed to provide the same humane approach to people who use drugs.

    06 September 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • Something for the weekend: one of the UK's first openly gay soldiers discusses his addiction to sex and drugs

    When James Wharton quit the army after a decade to retreat to a job in the City and a cosy home in Windsor with his husband and their two dogs, it seemed he’d found his happily ever after. He could have hardly predicted that a year later his marriage would have broken down, he’d be living in central London and be addicted to a combination of hookups and drugs known as chemsex.

    05 September 2017 | Independent
  • The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

    This is the first national data to break down the growth by drug and by state. We’ve known for a while that fentanyls were behind the growing count of drug deaths in some states and counties. But now we can see the extent to which this is true nationally, as deaths involving synthetic opioids, mostly fentanyls, have risen to more than 20,000 from 3,000 in just three years.

    02 September 2017 | New York Times
  • Acceptability of low dead space syringes and implications for their introduction

    Lower-risk needle and syringe combinations seem acceptable to people who inject drugs in England, but given that a sudden change in equipment can be difficult to adjust to, their gradual introduction seems best, alongside an intervention to educate and support.

    29 August 2017 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Sharing injection paraphernalia does not lead to HCV transmission

    New findings suggest that sharing paraphernalia used to cook and prepare injection drugs does not directly lead to transmission of hepatitis C virus.

    24 August 2017 | Healio
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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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