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Harm reduction should address the specific needs of couples who inject drugs

The sharing of drug injecting equipment most often occurs between sexual partners, but the ways in which couples manage risks and care for each other have been

Published
21 March 2017
By
Roger Pebody
Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

Published
13 March 2017
From
PinkNews
An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

Published
02 March 2017
From
Russell Webster (blog)
Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

Published
27 February 2017
From
The Atlantic
Will there be a new wave of HIV in people who inject drugs in the US?

Ever since there was an outbreak of HIV among white, largely rural heroin users in Indiana in 2015, there have been concerns that the conditions exist in

Published
20 February 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Safer consumption facility would provide substantial financial gain for services

The business case for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership’s proposed safer consumption facility for heroin users has found that safer consumption facilities not only improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, but are also ‘highly cost effective and contribute to savings’ for health services. Establishing a safer consumption facility would also create the potential for savings in other services in Glasgow.

Published
08 February 2017
From
Scottish Drugs Forum
Health Canada approves three supervised consumption sites for Montreal

Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal – the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada’s overdose crisis.

Published
07 February 2017
From
Globe & Mail
Slamming booklet uses provocative 'Tom of Finland' images in safer injecting guide for gay men

This publication is adapted from a groundbreaking Dutch publication Slammen Do’s and Don’ts first published by Mainline Foundation in January 2016. The UK edition was adapted by Andrew Preston and Roy Jones, and superbly illustrated in the style of Tom of Finland by Michael Linnell.

Published
06 February 2017
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Exchange Supplies
Reversing the HIV epidemic: Europe needs to scale-up prevention, testing and treatment

In a two-day conference organised in collaboration between the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union and ECDC, HIV experts from across the European Union discussed how to reverse this trend and how to prepare Europe to achieve the set target of ending AIDS by 2030.

Published
31 January 2017
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Researchers identify drug that alleviates opioid withdrawal

(University of Calgary) Opioid use and abuse is a significant social, health and economic issue. Researchers at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Hotchkiss Brain Institute have discovered that an existing anti-gout medication is effective in reducing the severity of withdrawal symptoms in opioid-dependent rodents. For their study, the researchers looked specifically at two common opioid drugs: morphine and fentanyl. Their work is leading to the development of a clinical trial in Calgary.

Published
30 January 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

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.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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