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2013 could have been a turning point in drug treatment in England

Public Health England cautions that the gains of recent years in reduced drug use, lower demand for treatment for heroin and crack problems, improved treatment performance, and curbing drug-related harm, have all stalled or gone in to reverse. It might be a blip, or might prove to be the start of a trend up in problem drug use and down in the ability of the treatment system to cope. Includes new five-year treatment journey analysis.

Published
09 January 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Looking for a Link Between Sexual Identity and Alcohol Use

A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.

Published
17 December 2014
From
BETA
Addiction services in England: in need of an intervention

With change comes both opportunity and chaos: an assertion nowhere more true than with England's addiction services. Over the past 5 years, government initiatives to increase cost-effectiveness have opened up bidding for local services to third-party providers. With increased competition, the thinking went, bloated NHS trusts would sharpen their edges and the quality of care would be improved.

Published
10 November 2014
From
The Lancet Psychiatry
Complex needs and overlapping vulnerabilities frequently reported by 'high-risk' gay men in Scotland

A quarter of Scottish gay men who are newly diagnosed with HIV or a rectal sexually transmitted infection (STI) report two or more vulnerabilities such as problematic

Published
07 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Even moderate drinking increases risk of advanced liver fibrosis for people with HIV and HCV co-infection

Even moderate alcohol consumption is associated with an increased risk of advanced liver fibrosis for people living with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection, investigators from the

Published
12 May 2014
By
Michael Carter
Study explores why gay, lesbian teens binge drink

Higher rates of binge drinking by lesbian and gay adolescents compared to their heterosexual peers may be due to chronic stress caused by difficult social situations, according to a study to be presented Saturday, May 3, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Published
06 May 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Social problems and drug and alcohol problems common among people who develop AIDS despite long-term HIV care

Psychiatric, drug, alcohol and social care problems are highly prevalent among people who develop serious AIDS-defining illnesses well after their diagnosis with HIV, UK research published in Sexually Transmitted

Published
25 October 2013
By
Michael Carter
Kenyan sex workers and men who have sex with men find PrEP acceptable but worry about others' assumptions

Qualitative interviews from an already published placebo-controlled study of 66 men who have sex with men (MSM) and five female sex workers (FSWs) in Kenya who took tenofovir/emtricitabine

Published
23 August 2013
By
Gus Cairns
Drinking alcohol doesn't increase the risk of HIV treatment failure

Alcohol consumption has little impact on key markers used to monitor the health of individuals with HIV, Swiss research published in the online edition of the Journal

Published
30 July 2013
By
Michael Carter
Turning surveillance into support for men who have sex with men in Africa

We need to stop simply doing research into the health and behaviours of gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in resource-poorer countries, and

Published
02 July 2013
By
Gus Cairns
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