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Limits to methadone prescription proposed by UK drugs agency

Strict limits on how long drug addicts are allowed to stay on heroin substitute methadone have been proposed by the government body responsible for treatment strategy, in what will be seen as a watershed in UK drugs policy.

Published
19 July 2010
From
The Guardian
New Trend Increases HIV Risk for Heroin Users

Heroin users in some African countries are injecting themselves with blood from other drug users in order to eke out drug supplies, a practice known as flashblood or flushblood, the New York Times reports.

Published
17 July 2010
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New York Times
Eastern European Countries Show Increasing New HIV Infections While Some Harm Reduction Programmes Are Decreasing

Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region where HIV incidence clearly remains on the rise. Early indications are that the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2009 has increased since 2008. Russian Federation has reported an 8% increase in reported cases, Georgia a 10% increase and Belarus a 22% increase...

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16 July 2010
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HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Criminalization of drugs and drug users fuels HIV; laws should be reviewed, say experts

Strict laws on the criminalization of drug use and drug users are fueling the spread of HIV and other serious harms associated with the criminal market and should be reviewed, say experts in a series of new articles.

Published
13 July 2010
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Science Daily
Methadone 'works and saves lives'

The long-term survival of drug users is improved by use of the controversial heroin substitute methadone, academics claim.

Published
08 July 2010
From
BBC Health
Vienna declaration calls for science-based drug policies

Three leading scientific and health policy organizations this week launched a global drive for signatories to the Vienna Declaration, a statement seeking to improve community

Published
30 June 2010
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Press Release
Harm reduction and human rights

Harm reduction for injecting drug users, including clean needles and syringes and opiate substitution therapy, is extremely limited in some regions of the world. Harm reduction

Published
28 May 2010
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HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Counselling as well as drug treatment needed to reduce risky behaviour in opioid-using youth

Extended treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone helps reduce levels of injecting drug use and sexual activity in opioid-using youth, according to US research published in the online

Published
30 April 2010
By
Michael Carter
Hepatitis C virus can survive in syringes for up to 63 days

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) might still be transmissible via syringes long after their first use, according to a US study presented at the 17th Conference

Published
20 February 2010
By
Liz Highleyman
Retention in opioid replacement programmes improves chances of HIV treatment working for drug users

HIV-positive injecting drug users who are retained in opioid substitution therapy programmes have an increased chance of maintaining an undetectable viral load when taking HIV

Published
29 October 2009
By
Michael Carter

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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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