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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...

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  • 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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  • Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy

    Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

    17 October 2014 | The Lancet
  • UK: Funding cuts for drug and alcohol treatment

    Earlier this month (October 2014) Public Health England and the Association of Directors of Public Health published a joint review of drug and alcohol commissioning in England and Wales. This Department of Health funded review was based on a series of interviews with Directors of Public Health (94% of the 152 Upper Tier authorities participated) and Drugscope and looked at current and future commissioning plans for drug and alcohol treatment.

    17 October 2014 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • Russia's harm reduction programs threatened by want of funds

    Activists fear that due to new ceilings on the size of their grants from the Global Fund, which has been the main source of funding for harm reduction in the absence of government funds, the number of infections could drive higher.

    25 September 2014 | Global Fund Observer
  • Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia?

    Russia is home to one of the fastest-growing HIV and AIDS epidemics in the world, abetted by policies that promote infections rather than curbing them.

    16 September 2014 | International Business Times
  • World Leaders Call For Ending Criminalization of Drug Use and Possession and Responsible Legal Regulation of Psychoactive Substances

    Former Presidents of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland Join With Kofi Annan, Richard Branson, George Shultz, Paul Volcker And Others To Make Bold, New Recommendations for Major Paradigm Shift in Global Drug Policy on the Road to UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016.

    10 September 2014 | Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Tips for supplying foil

    So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

    09 September 2014 | Injecting Advice
  • UK: Serious concerns expressed by DrugScope over sharp increase in drug related deaths

    On 3 September, the Office for National Statistics released Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2013. The data relates to deaths registered in 2013 and shows a sharp rise in deaths as a consequence of drug misuse in England and Wales.In 2013, 1,957 drug misuse deaths were registered, up 20 per cent on the figure for 2012 (1,636).

    04 September 2014 | DrugScope (press release)
  • Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

    Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

    02 September 2014 | Groundup
  • Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

    The Global Fund, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, has embarked on the development of a Global Fund Investment Guidance for EECA for the 2014-2016 allocation period. The aim of this guidance is to recommend strategic priorities for contributing to sustainable impact on HIV/AIDS and TB in the region and thereby help reverse the tide of the epidemics.

    21 August 2014 | Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Experts Say Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV

    People walking past the pharmacy where volunteers chat with Olesya — an intravenous drug user with HIV — glare at the young woman, quickening their pace as they go. Others, many of them also young women, stop to accept the clean clean syringes, HIV tests and pregnancy tests being handed out as part of an outreach program to do the things that many specialists say authorities are not: acknowledge the fact that a full-blown HIV epidemic is becoming more and more of a reality each day.

    20 August 2014 | The Moscow Times
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