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Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

Published
21 hours ago
From
Groundup
Global Fund Investment Guidance for Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The Global Fund, in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, has embarked on the development of a Global Fund Investment Guidance for EECA for the 2014-2016 allocation period. The aim of this guidance is to recommend strategic priorities for contributing to sustainable impact on HIV/AIDS and TB in the region and thereby help reverse the tide of the epidemics.

Published
21 August 2014
From
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Experts Say Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV

People walking past the pharmacy where volunteers chat with Olesya — an intravenous drug user with HIV — glare at the young woman, quickening their pace as they go. Others, many of them also young women, stop to accept the clean clean syringes, HIV tests and pregnancy tests being handed out as part of an outreach program to do the things that many specialists say authorities are not: acknowledge the fact that a full-blown HIV epidemic is becoming more and more of a reality each day.

Published
20 August 2014
From
The Moscow Times
UK: Heroin addicts to be given free foil to help them kick their habit

Heroin addicts are to be given free foil - to heat up the drug - in an effort to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting disease, the Government will announce tomorrow.

Published
08 August 2014
From
The Independent
Harm reduction prevents HIV, national evidence from Ukraine and Greece shows

Two presentations given at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), held in Melbourne, Australia, provide significant evidence that harm reduction programmes successfully prevent HIV infection among people

Published
30 July 2014
By
Mara Kardas-Nelson
Interferon-free hepatitis C treatment works for people on methadone or buprenorphine

People with chronic hepatitis C who are using methadone or buprenorphine to manage opiate addiction can be safely and effectively treated with AbbVie's 3D all-oral direct-acting antiviral regimen

Published
25 July 2014
By
Liz Highleyman
Australia's success in methadone treatment could guide Russia, UN says

Australia could prove critical in convincing Russia to change laws preventing heroin addicts from accessing opiate treatment programs, the UN secretary general’s special envoy for Aids in eastern Europe and central Asia said.

Published
24 July 2014
From
The Guardian
The moment that stunned Q&A’s AIDS audience

Monday night’s episode of panel discussion juggernaut Q&A was always going to be important. Yet the show was arguably stolen by Indonesian Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi, who has faced considerable backlash in her home country as the chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Published
23 July 2014
From
The New Daily
Harm reduction funding meeting only 7% of global need

International donors are investing only 7% of what is needed to provide adequate harm reduction coverage for people who inject drugs, according to findings from a report

Published
23 July 2014
By
Keith Alcorn
In The HIV Response, Who is ‘Hard to Reach’?

We have found that it is not the individuals at risk of HIV infection who are hard to reach. It’s the politicians and policymakers who adopt ideological rather than evidence-based programs. But HIV researchers too seem to be hard to reach at times, failing to investigate political determinants of health, and the impact of laws, policies, and enforcement on HIV vulnerability and access to care.

Published
23 July 2014
From
Human Rights Watch
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