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New funding aimed at reducing HIV and hep C infection rates among drug users

The federal government is calling for proposals to reduce HIV and hepatitis C infection rates among drug users who share needles, pipes and other drug-use equipment. The initiative is part of a $30 million, five-year Harm Reduction Fund set up by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Published
29 May 2018
From
CBC
Far more harms associated with crystal meth than other chemsex drugs

Gay men who use crystal methamphetamine during sex are five times as likely to report a negative impact on their mental health, 15 times as

Published
24 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Eight weeks of treatment with Epclusa cured almost all people with HCV receiving opioid substitution therapy

An eight-week course of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir (Epclusa) cured almost all people with hepatitis C genotype 3 without cirrhosis receiving treatment alongside opioid substitution therapy through community pharmacies or prisons

Published
13 April 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
Syringe access programs increase safe syringe disposal

There are clear public health benefits to ensuring that people who inject drugs have ready access to sterile supplies. Although safer disposal is an integral part of all syringe access programs, communities often raise concern that a large volume of syringes distributed increases the number of needles that end up on city streets and in other public places. Three research studies show that needle exchange and syringe access programs are not associated with unsafe syringe disposal.

Published
03 April 2018
From
BETA blog
We say “needle exchange,” but open access—not one-for-one exchange—is best for health

The models that govern syringe access and distribution—that dictate how many syringes a client can receive—make a big impact on how effective these harm reduction programs are. In other words, not all syringe exchange and access programs are equal.

Published
03 April 2018
From
BETA blog
The chemsex response is reshaping sexual health services and reinventing harm reduction

Chemsex has led the French community-based HIV organisation AIDES to bring two previously separate strands of its work together, Fred Bladou told the recent European Chemsex Forum

Published
03 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Loneliness and community are key to chemsex

The second European Chemsex Forum, recently held in Berlin, highlighted how the perspectives of activists and health professionals working on the issue have changed. When the first

Published
02 April 2018
By
Roger Pebody
The Kremlin won't admit that Russia's HIV epidemic is getting worse

Russia is in the throes of an HIV/AIDS epidemic with 100,000 new cases recorded every year — one of the highest rates of new infections in the world — and fewer than half of those diagnosed even receive treatment.

Published
27 February 2018
From
VICE News
How Social Conservatism Fueled Russia's HIV Epidemic

Putin turned to the Orthodox Church to help consolidate his rule. And the Church cracked down on sensible approaches to sexually transmitted diseases. Now, Russia has a crisis on its hands..

Published
26 February 2018
From
Politico
Preventing and treating HIV in Saint Petersburg

According to the Centre for AIDS Prevention and Control in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation, fewer people are becoming infected with HIV in the city. “Ten years ago, Saint Petersburg was among the top five most affected cities in the Russian Federation. Now it is only the 14th most affected,” said Denis Gusev, Head Physician of the AIDS centre.

Published
21 February 2018
From
UNAIDS

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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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