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  • Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

    Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

    03 February 2016 | Toronto Star
  • How the War in Ukraine Is Causing a Rise in HIV Infections

    According to data from the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, between January and November 2015, more than 13,000 cases of infection have been recorded in Ukraine. An uptick connected to the failure of the Health System, the destruction of medical buildings, and the shutting down of assistance programs for HIV positive people. On top of those factors, the deterioration of the economic situation in the country and the 300 percent devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, a fall of 25 percent has been registered in the purchase and distribution of condoms in 2014.

    26 January 2016 | VICE
  • Formerly legal drug 'snow blow' linked to rise in HIV

    The injection of a formerly legal high known as ‘snow blow’ is linked to an upsurge in HIV infections among chaotic drug users in Dublin, research shows.

    13 January 2016 | Irish Examiner
  • B.C. experts help control Indiana HIV spread

    World-renowned HIV experts from British Columbia are stepping in to help control a massive outbreak of the disease in rural Indiana.

    12 January 2016 |
  • US: It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV

    the final days of December, Congress quietly decided to change the 30-year-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. For advocates, researchers and health workers who’ve worked on this issue for decades, it was a welcome, but bittersweet change. Lawmakers were moved to act not by the scientific research but by a large outbreak of HIV in Indiana last year.

    11 January 2016 | FiveThirtyEight
  • The City at the Heart of the Philippines's HIV Epidemic

    New infections in the country have skyrocketed, even as they’re declining worldwide. Cebu City, one of the hardest-hit areas, is struggling to control the drug use that’s spreading the virus.

    06 January 2016 | The Atlantic
  • Young Men With Detectable Viral Loads More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

    A new study on HIV-positive men and transgender women who have sex with men reported that participants with detectable viral loads were more likely to have anal sex without condoms than those who were virally suppressed, and that condom use was closely related to substance abuse. The study examined participants age 15 to 26 across the US from 2009 to 2012. Among those who had detectable viral loads, a full 44 percent reported condomless sex, a significant percentage higher than those who were virally suppressed but had condomless sex (which was only 25 percent).

    05 January 2016 | HIVPlusMag
  • Australia: People Who Use Drugs Welcome Decision to ‘Seize the Day’ on New Hepatitis C Treatments

    The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) celebrates today’s momentous decision by the Australian Government to fund highly effective new hepatitis C treatment medications through their listing on the PBS.

    21 December 2015 | Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League
  • NYU study finds 3/4 of high school heroin users started with prescription opioids

    The study is among the first nationally representative studies in the US to examine the linkages between nonmedical use of opioids and heroin in high school seniors. The researchers examined associations between frequency and recency of nonmedical use of opioids and heroin.

    04 December 2015 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Russia HIV infection rate climbs to near 1 million, bucking trend as World AIDS Day marked

    While the rate of HIV infection is on a global decline, the number of new infections in Russia continues to rise. By 2016, the country's Federal AIDS Center estimates the total number of those diagnosed with HIV will reach 1 million. The majority of new infections occur among injecting drug users when dirty needles are shared.

    03 December 2015 | Newser
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