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Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.

Published
17 December 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
Harm reduction programs need more flexibility to work properly in Eastern Europe

Restrictive policies that can sometimes prevent people from keeping their jobs could be compromising the effectiveness of Global Fund-supported opioid substitution therapy programs across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, civil society representatives from around the region told Aidspan.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Aidspan
Opioid substitution therapy and HIV prevention in Belarus

Belarus aims to sustain and scale up its HIV prevention programme for people who inject drugs. Today, more than 1000 people who used to inject drugs are enrolled on the OST programme, which is available at 18 sites. Clients go every day to a participating health clinic to take a dose of methadone, which helps to treat their addiction to opiates.

Published
15 December 2014
From
UNAIDS
Safer injecting practices would be better promoted by focusing on pleasure and practical concerns – not the risk of infection

Harm reduction interventions often fail to engage people who inject drugs because they over-emphasise infection and risk, Magdalena Harris of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical

Published
03 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Gaps in HIV prevention expose Europe to risk of outbreaks

The EMCDDA warns that new HIV infections related to the injection of drugs – including stimulants – have been reported in many countries, particularly in Eastern Europe. Of particular concern is the fact that many of the injecting-related cases in Europe are detected too late. Special attention should be given to providing these often hard-to-reach groups of drug users with adequate prevention messages, early diagnosis and treatment referral and to scaling up effective integrated harm reduction measures.

Published
02 December 2014
From
EMCDDA
UNITAID Finds Affordability, Availability and Demand Slow Access to HIV Prevention Products

UNITAID has published its 2014 HIV Preventives Technology and Market Landscape which shows that although there has been a significant increase in products with promise to curb HIV transmission, scaling up access to them has been slow due to a variety of issues including affordability, availability and demand – all market based. The report highlights opportunities to change this through efforts to reduce various market obstacles such as the lack of product approval completion.

Published
01 December 2014
From
UNITAID
Why the UK’s drug strategy should remain a Home Office responsibility

Handing the reins to the Department of Health might seem a liberal-minded approach, but it could mean less is spent on treatment. Drug use simply doesn’t cause as much ill-health as other risky behaviours, so isn't prioritised by health officials. But it is seen as a major cause of crime.

Published
25 November 2014
From
The Guardian
DrugScope responds to Iain Duncan Smith's comments about methadone

A response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' article "Now fight the methadone industry that keeps addicts hooked".

Published
25 November 2014
From
DrugScope
Why heroin has made a comeback in America

Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin’s return?

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Economist
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