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  • Philippines' war on drugs affecting fight against HIV

    President Duterte has said that his government may need to extend its bloody anti-drug campaign for six more months. But the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users.

    20 September 2016 | Deutsche Welle
  • How three drug users took on the might of the Russian state

    Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights.

    15 September 2016 | The Guardian
  • Deaths from heroin overdoses are spiralling in Britain. Many are preventable.

    Widening access to naloxone, a drug that prevents death from overdose, could save lives. Currently, there is a postcode lottery.

    12 September 2016 | The Economist
  • New research supports hep C treatment for people who use drugs

    Global health experts are today are calling for the removal of restrictions preventing people who use drugs from accessing new hepatitis C cures. So long as these restrictions exist, the goal of disease elimination will remain out of reach, they say. They are gathered in Oslo for the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users.

    07 September 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Is harm reduction the primary goal, or acceptable only in the service of eliminating drug use?

    Many people view drug use as so damaging that ‘no use’ is the only justifiable aim of policy. More temperate variants see harm reduction aims and services as permissible, but only as steps towards stopping drug use altogether. Others elevate harm reduction to an overriding objective. Between these poles UK policy has shifted, driven by the threat of HIV from its default anti-drugs base towards the harm-reduction pole.

    06 September 2016 | Drink & Drug News
  • Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin tested positive for fentanyl

    North America’s only supervised injection site for drugs like cocaine, speed and crystal meth has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl.

    06 September 2016 | The Guardian
  • The Injustice Of Lifetime Food Stamp Bans

    Five states still impose a lifetime ban on food stamps for people who have been convicted of a felony drug crime. Not only do these bans threaten individual and public health, but they incubate the very types of criminal behavior that law enforcement claims they want to eliminate.

    30 August 2016 | Huffington Post
  • Hysteria about drugs and harm minimisation. It's always the same old story

    "No matter how impressive the evidence of benefits, or how weak the evidence of serious side effects or how badly a strategy is needed, new harm reduction strategies are always greeted the same way: with relentless hostility. Debates about harm reduction always follow the same pattern. Hysterical fears are confidently asserted as if proven beyond doubt while potential benefits, often based on considerable research and experience, are dismissed or ignored."

    23 August 2016 | The Guardian
  • A Look Inside Cape Town’s Only Harm Reduction Project

    Last month, I was lucky enough to take part in the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. Though harm reduction, and the rights of people who use drugs were almost non-existent on the conference agenda, I managed to visit a harm reduction project working in Cape Town, South Africa and see what services are available in the country.

    18 August 2016 | Talking Drugs
  • New research supports the removal of drug use as a restriction to hepatitis C treatment

    New, highly curative hepatitis C therapy is both safe and effective as a treatment option for people who inject drugs receiving opioid substitution therapy according to the results of a world-first clinical trial led by Professor Gregory Dore at the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia and published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

    15 August 2016 | EurekAlert
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap