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  • IDU and HIV in the Middle East: a brief window of opportunity?

    Pakistan saw rocketing levels of HIV (from near 0% to 23% in six months) following introduction of the infection into IDU populations. Low prevalence countries, including those about which we know little, may have only a brief “window of opportunity” before they experience a comparable explosion of HIV among their own IDU populations.

    10 hours ago | BMJ Group blogs
  • European HIV+ IDUs share needles and inject more than HIV- IDUs

    Injection drug users (IDUs) in Western and Eastern Europe share injecting equipment and inject more often than HIV-negative IDUs, according to results of a meta-analysis involving 5328 IDUs in 7 countries. IDUs in Eastern European countries reported more high-risk behaviors than those in Western European countries.

    18 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • Investment needed for health and human rights of people who inject drugs

    People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS.

    16 July 2014 | Key Correspondents
  • Russia's HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons

    Russia is home to the world's most explosive HIV epidemic, with an estimated 1.2 million infections accounting for 55 percent of the total number in Europe.

    15 July 2014 | The Moscow Times
  • WHO: People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

    Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns WHO.

    11 July 2014 | WHO press release
  • Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations

    In this new consolidated guidelines document on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations, the World Health Organization brings together all existing guidance relevant to five key populations – men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons and other closed settings, sex workers and transgender people – and updates selected guidance and recommendations.

    11 July 2014 | World Health Organization
  • Researchers relate arrests with HIV risk environment

    Practices used in policing injection drug users in Russia might contribute to HIV transmission and overdose mortality, according to a study. The research sought to discover the effect police arrests had on the health outcomes of a cohort of HIV-positive people with lifetime of injection drug use.

    10 July 2014 | Science Daily
  • HIV, Hep C Advocates Urge Congress to Lift Syringe Funding Ban

    On National HIV Testing Day, June 27, more than 140 harm-reduction advocates put out a letter that calls on Congress to end the federal funding ban on syringe service programs.

    02 July 2014 | Poz magazine news
  • Emerging HIV Epidemics Among People Who Inject Drugs in the Middle East and North Africa

    HIV epidemics are emerging among people who inject drugs in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Though HIV infection levels were historically very low in the Middle East and North Africa, substantial levels of HIV transmission and emerging HIV epidemics have been documented among people who inject drugs in at least one-third of the countries of this region, according to findings published today in PLOS Medicine.

    18 June 2014 | Weill Cornell Medical College press release
  • Kenya: Is integrated methadone and HIV care possible?

    In Kenya, people who inject drugs have a constant daily battle with poverty and addiction. From waking to sleeping, they need to get money to live. This battle takes time. Their HIV care has to come second to the immediate need to survive. People who inject drugs say that lack of time is the main reason they do not access HIV care.

    13 June 2014 | International HIV/AIDS Alliance
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