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  • France: people who inject drugs often given cheaper, less effective, hepatitis C medication

    People living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) who have a history of injecting drug use are being offered less effective, but cheaper, HCV medication than other people with HIV/HCV co-infections, new research from France finds.

    17 July 2018 | AVERT
  • Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

    Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity.

    12 July 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Glasgow's major HIV outbreak amongst people who inject drugs shows no sign of slowing

    In 2015, an HIV outbreak was detected amongst people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Glasgow. Three years on the outbreak has still not been controlled, and over 100 PWIDs in Scotland have been diagnosed with HIV. There are a number of policy issues that are impacting upon efforts to control the outbreak. This includes the closure of one of the main needle exchange services in Glasgow and the UK Government currently preventing the opening of a Drug Consumption Room (DCR) in the city.

    09 July 2018 | NAT
  • Anger at Scotland's record toll of preventable drug deaths

    Drug workers insist deaths are avoidable and have condemned a UK Government block on practical, life-saving proposals such as the shelved plan for Glasgow consumption rooms.

    04 July 2018 | Herald Scotland
  • Scots drug deaths hit new record high

    Drug deaths in Scotland hit a new record high in 2017, having more than doubled in a decade. New figures from the National Records of Scotland showed that 934 drug-related deaths were recorded in 2017.

    04 July 2018 | BBC News
  • Why are drug-related deaths among women increasing in Scotland?

    Drug-related deaths have increased significantly in Scotland in recent years. Although men still account for the majority of cases, over the last 10 years the percentage increase in deaths among women has been much greater than among men. This report draws on routine data, published research, conversations with professional stakeholders, and interviews with women with lived experience of problem drug use to examine potential explanations for this phenomenon, and to identify priority areas for future work.

    02 July 2018 | Scottish Government
  • Feeling horny and sexy at Pride? We need to talk about chemsex too

    OPINION: This pride season we need to talk about the gay and bi men getting high and horny – they deserve our compassion. As renowned play The Chemsex Monologues comes to the all-new Above the Stag Theatre for the Pride in London 2018 festival, writer Patrick Cash reflects on how he first came across chemsex. The Chemsex Monologues follow four people with interconnecting stories on the high and horny scene.

    27 June 2018 | Gay Star News
  • Pushing for harm reduction success in Burundi

    Burundi learn about harm reduction from one of the pioneers on the African continent.

    25 June 2018 | AVERT
  • Las Vegas' Needle Exchange Vending Machines Are A First In The U.S.

    Needle exchanges provide people with drug addictions a place to turn in used needles and get new ones while working to prevent outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV. In 2017, Las Vegas installed three vending machines to dispense free, unused needles.

    15 May 2018 | WBUR
  • Drug and alcohol services cut by £162m as deaths increase

    Analysis by the BBC found £162m (18%) has been cut from treatment budgets in England since 2013-14. In 2013 there were 2,734 drug poisoning deaths in England, rising to 3,450 in 2016, official figures show.

    14 May 2018 | BBC
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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.

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