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  • Experts Say Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV - The Moscow Times

    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.

    20 August 2014 | Google Alerts HIV
  • OTP patients, ideal for new hepatitis C medication, put on bottom of list by payers

    Sovaldi, approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (HCV), has a success rate better than 90 percent, and is ideal for use in opioid treatment programs (OTPs), yet payers are balking at covering it for patients who have a history of a substance use disorder (SUD), ADAW has learned.

    14 August 2014 | Alcohol & Drug Abuse Weekly
  • Maximizing the benefits of antiretroviral therapy for key populations

    “Maximizing the benefits of ART for key populations” grew out of discussions between the Key Affected Populations and Treatment as Prevention Working Groups of the International AIDS Society. The two groups agreed that given the rapidly changing treatment and prevention landscape in HIV, there was a need to consider a range of issues affecting treatment access, prevention choices, and the implications of new guidelines for key populations.

    24 July 2014 | International AIDS Society
  • 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.

    24 July 2014 | The Guardian
  • Opioid Therapy No Bar to Novel HCV Drugs

    People on opioid substitution therapy for drug addiction can be safely and effectively treated for hepatitis C (HCV) with an investigational combination of medications, researchers said here.

    24 July 2014 | MedPage Today
  • 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.

    23 July 2014 | The New Daily
  • 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.

    23 July 2014 | Human Rights Watch
  • 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.

    22 July 2014 | 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
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