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Nigerian herbal medicines widely used by HIV positive people can contain antiretrovirals

Herbal medicine use among HIV positive people in Nigeria is widespread, poorly recorded and often precedes ART initiation. Contamination with antiretrovirals is possible and concerning, particularly in untreated people, say the authors of a study of herbal medicine presented at CROI 2016.

Published
24 March 2016
From
HIV i-Base
Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs

A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Telegraph
The case for a harm reduction decade

HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click www.harmreductiondecade.org to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
Indiana HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs is controlled, but ongoing vigilance is needed

Extensive epidemiological investigation followed by prevention and treatment interventions have largely succeeded in controlling an outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in rural Indiana,

Published
09 March 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
The poppers ban: will it criminalise gay users?

John Addy, 67, of Liquid Gold in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is the biggest producer of poppers in Europe. “I employ eight people, and if I get closed down they go on the dole immediately,” he says. “Then the knock on effect in the industry is that 600 or 700 people could be made unemployed, because the product is sold in adult shops, and the revenue from that pays people’s wages.”

Published
08 March 2016
From
The Guardian
START study shows that people starting HIV treatment earlier have better quality of life

Rather than treatment side-effects having a negative impact on people’s quality of life when they start HIV treatment, data from the large randomised START study show a

Published
07 March 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Life expectancy in HIV-positive people in the US still lags 13 years behind HIV-negative people

A study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) comparing life expectancies of HIV-positive and HIV-negative people within the Kaiser Permanente health insurance

Published
28 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Club Drug Use Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) People

This document has been written as part of the wider suite of clinical guidance and tools that aim to provide evidence-based knowledge to inform the management in clinical practice of harms related to the use of ‘club drugs’.

Published
25 February 2016
From
NEPTUNE
Very high levels of chemsex and ‘slamsex’ seen in HIV-positive men attending English/Welsh HIV clinics

A survey of HIV-positive patients attending 30 HIV clinics in England and Wales, presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016), has found

Published
24 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Discovering Your Sexual Personality In a New Era of HIV

For the first time in generations, we have a chance to reclaim our sexual personality. For so long, sex brought death; now, sex can bring us to life again. Bur first, we have to re-teach our emotional brains. We have to break free from our chains and re-imagine our sexuality. How can we do this?

Published
20 February 2016
From
BETA blog

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