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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

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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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  • IDU and HIV in the Middle East: a brief window of opportunity?

    Pakistan saw rocketing levels of HIV (from near 0% to 23% in six months) following introduction of the infection into IDU populations. Low prevalence countries, including those about which we know little, may have only a brief “window of opportunity” before they experience a comparable explosion of HIV among their own IDU populations.

    8 hours ago | BMJ Group blogs
  • Funding for HIV prevention for people who inject drugs is in crisis, experts warn

    Harm Reduction International, the International Drug Policy Consortium and the International HIV/Aids Alliance will publish a report that confirms HIV prevention services for drug injectors are losing out due to "changing donor policies and national government neglect".

    20 July 2014 | The Observer
  • HIV Prevention in Clinical Care Settings - 2014 Recommendations of the International Antiviral Society–USA Panel

    In an innovative approach to HIV prevention, an interdisciplinary group of experts has come together for the first time to lay out a framework of best practices to optimize the role of the clinician in achieving an AIDS-free generation.

    19 July 2014 | Journal of the American Medical Association
  • European HIV+ IDUs share needles and inject more than HIV- IDUs

    Injection drug users (IDUs) in Western and Eastern Europe share injecting equipment and inject more often than HIV-negative IDUs, according to results of a meta-analysis involving 5328 IDUs in 7 countries. IDUs in Eastern European countries reported more high-risk behaviors than those in Western European countries.

    18 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Investment needed for health and human rights of people who inject drugs

    People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS.

    16 July 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Russia's HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons

    Russia is home to the world's most explosive HIV epidemic, with an estimated 1.2 million infections accounting for 55 percent of the total number in Europe.

    15 July 2014 | The Moscow Times
  • Researchers relate arrests with HIV risk environment

    Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality, according to a study. The research sought to discover the effect police arrests had on the health outcomes of a cohort of HIV-positive people with lifetime of injection drug use.

    10 July 2014 | Science Daily
  • HIV, Hep C Advocates Urge Congress to Lift Syringe Funding Ban

    On National HIV Testing Day, June 27, more than 140 harm-reduction advocates put out a letter that calls on Congress to end the federal funding ban on syringe service programs.

    02 July 2014 | Poz magazine news
  • Low Dead Space Syringes (video)

    Robert Heimer, William Zule and Andrew Preston talk about the importance of low dead space syringes for BBV prevention.

    23 June 2014 | Injecting Advice
  • Report: Substitution maintenance treatment in Ukraine: Humanitarian and medical mission

    Based on a request by the State Service of Ukraine on Drugs Control to support Ukraine with regards to the emergency situation of people undergoing substitution maintenance therapy (SMT) in Ukraine, the Pompidou Group put together a team consisting of medical experts from Norway, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia.

    23 June 2014 | EATG
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