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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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  • 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
  • Rise in UK Steroid Use Brings Severe Health Risks

    Steroid misuse is thought to be rising in the UK, increasing concerns over the spread of blood-borne viruses among this emerging population of injecting users.

    16 February 2015 | Talking Drugs
  • Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people

    While overdoses remain the largest cause of death in opioid users there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users, including liver disease, smoking related diseases, homicide and suicide.

    30 January 2015 | DrugScope
  • Could a Syriza Win Spell Good News for Harm Reduction in Greece?

    Greece's left-wing Syriza party looks set to win the country's upcoming election on the platform of alleviating the economic crisis that has brought Greece to its knees and stoked an HIV epidemic among drug users. Could this mark a turning point for harm reduction services and marginalized groups?

    26 January 2015 | Talking Drugs
  • HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis

    HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly. Hotspots for the HIV rise are Ukraine and Russia - two countries facing economic crisis and armed conflict, factors which could provoke a further surge in the virus.

    26 January 2015 | EUobserver
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