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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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  • 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.”

    10 hours ago | 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
  • Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs

    After more than ten years of experimenting with safe injection facilities in other countries, what additional evidence do we need? Beyond reducing health care and social services costs, a SIF facilitates drug treatment, and can provide bridges to new social networks so that those most ravaged by addiction can become productive members of society.

    05 March 2015 | The Conversation
  • Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However, these recommendations and this campaign explicitly do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for people who inject drugs.

    26 February 2015 | National Needle Exchange Forum
  • ChemSex Support videos

    11 short films (two mins each) including tips on playing safe, making changes, managing cravings, harm reduction and relapse prevention, and better sober sex.

    24 February 2015 | 56 Dean Street
  • Africa: HIV Rises in Injecting Drug Users

    HIV infections are on the rise among people in Africa who inject illegal drugs. A new report recommends scaling-up programs designed to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus among drug users.

    23 February 2015 | Voice of America
  • Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 Report

    The 2014 report, produced by UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI), says that the programmatic scale up of harm reduction services in a few sub-Saharan countries has marginally improved since its last report in 2012, but it had not grown in proportion to the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs.

    18 February 2015 | Harm Reduction International
  • Malaysia is ‘world leader’ in battling HIV spread with needles, says UK report

    Harm Reduction International (HRI), a non-governmental organisation that promotes the prevention of harm as opposed to the prevention of drug use itself, said in its Global State of Harm Reduction 2014 report that Malaysia, along with Iran and Australia, had made the largest increase in the number of needle and syringe exchange programmes.

    18 February 2015 | Malay Mail
  • Ireland: Radical legislation to allow for supervised injecting centres for heroin users

    The aim of the centres, where users are given clean needles to use in a supervised environment, is to get drug addicts into treatment while keeping the streets safe for the general public.

    17 February 2015 | Herald
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