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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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  • LGBT drug support

    London Friend chief executive Monty Moncrieff talks to David Gilliver about the treatment needs of the LGBT community and the challenge posed by the ‘chemsex’ scene.

    14 April 2015 | Drink & Drugs News
  • Living With Drugs: France approves safe injection rooms for users

    France has approved drug consumption rooms where drug users can consume their drugs under the supervision of health professional.

    13 April 2015 | International Business Times
  • Prison methadone reduces HIV risk behaviours

    Maintenance prescribing of drugs like methadone to heroin-dependent prisoners seems to reduce injecting and the sharing of injecting equipment, but no study has yet tested whether these changes lead to the expected reduction in HIV infections. Despite this promising if scarce evidence, such programmes are under attack for squandering the chance for prisoners to break free of opiate-type drugs.

    07 April 2015 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

    The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

    02 April 2015 | Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
  • Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

    Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

    01 April 2015 | CATIE
  • How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana — and why we should be paying attention

    When you don’t have a health-care system where people have access to testing and treatment, the introduction of one infection into a community of drug users can turn into an outbreak.

    31 March 2015 | Washington Post
  • Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds

    DrugScope, the UK’s leading independent centre of drug and drug abuse expertise, is to close due to a lack of funds.

    31 March 2015 | The Guardian
  • Needle exchange Is allowed after HIV outbreak in an Indiana county

    An outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana prompted the governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The governor authorized a short-term exchange program that would provide drug users with access to sterile needles so that contaminated needles were less likely to be shared. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has long opposed such programs. But he said that the outbreak, which was first identified in late January, had reached epidemic proportions, justifying the action. “This is all hands on deck,” Mr. Pence said. “This is a very serious situation.”

    28 March 2015 | New York Times
  • Indiana governor to declare health emergency in HIV epidemic

    Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday morning is expected to reveal details of an emergency plan to address an HIV epidemic in southeastern Indiana linked to intravenous drug use. But it's not clear whether he will give the green light for clean needle exchange.

    26 March 2015 | Indianapolis Star
  • Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

    The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease. With that goal in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has drafted a preliminary glossary of suggested language.

    05 March 2015 | Huffington Post
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