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  • Study: Needle exchange policy prevented HIV - USA TODAY

    Lifting a ban on spending city money on needle exchanges for intravenous drug users prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years in Washington DC, according to a new study that researchers hope can help other communities deal with a surge in addicts.

    15 hours ago | USA Today
  • Glasgow in grip of "unusual" HIV outbreak as the number of new cases soar

    Glasgow is in the grip of a HIV outbreak after the number of new cases through drug injection more than trebled in a year. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde usually sees about 10 cases of HIV through drug injection each year. But since the start of this year there have already been 36 cases identified.

    01 September 2015 | Glasgow Evening Times
  • Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

    A new study presented to the IAS conference in Vancouver, Canada found that 44 per cent of women within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would be legally obligated to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Within the study, 65 per cent of male participants compared with only 45 percent of female participants satisfied the Supreme Court of Canada’s legal test for HIV non-disclosure. This says that people living with HIV must disclose their HIV status to a partner before sexual activity unless both a condom is used and a low HIV viral load is present.

    26 August 2015 | HIV Justice Network
  • While Washington Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Hepatitis C Treatment Remains Unaffordable

    If Washington wants to do something about the public health issues left behind by the opioid abuse epidemic, it might have to start doing something about prescription-drug costs.

    19 August 2015 | National Journal
  • How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

    Meanwhile, high prices and stringent requirements from insurers and Big Pharma are limiting access to effective treatment.

    12 August 2015 | Boston magazine
  • New study shows increased accessibility to methadone treatment through primary care decreases spread of HIV

    As British Columbia’s methadone maintenance program comes under provincial review, a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) highlights major benefits of methadone in Vancouver. The study, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet HIV shows a link between increased access to methadone for injection drug users and a decrease in the spread of HIV in this population.

    11 August 2015 | British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
  • Improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment

    Treating hepatitis C infection is an effective and cost-effective way to substantially reduce prevalence, especially in areas where it is high. Compliance with the new treatment is easier and can be further improved by well-planned support for patients. .

    04 August 2015 | Public Health England
  • Stigmatisation undermining Russia's HIV control efforts

    Despite conciliatory language, continued marginalisation of vulnerable groups in Russia is likely having negative consequences on the HIV epidemic. Talha Burki reports.

    27 July 2015 | EATG
  • Inside look at Insite

    In Vancouver for IAS 2015, Bob Leahy visits Insite, the supervised injection facility in the Downtown East Side, where every day 800+ people with addictions and multiple other issues inject drugs in a safe, clean environment that also gives them a hand up.

    27 July 2015 | Positive Lite
  • Improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment

    PHE's latest briefing in the 'Turning evidence into practice' series has practical advice for commissioners and services on improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment. Preventing blood-borne virus transmission is one of the eight good practice outcomes of the national drug strategy and treating hepatitis C infection is a growing priority for the NHS.

    17 July 2015 | Public Health England
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