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Vancouver's treatment as prevention success is also due to harm reduction and addiction treatment

“We talk a lot about the success of treatment as prevention in Vancouver, but we always need to make sure people understand that this requires an integration

Published
27 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Inside look at Insite

In Vancouver for IAS 2015, Bob Leahy visits Insite, the supervised injection facility in the Downtown East Side, where every day 800+ people with addictions and multiple other issues inject drugs in a safe, clean environment that also gives them a hand up.

Published
27 July 2015
From
Positive Lite
Peer-led network intervention substantially lowers HIV infections in people who use drugs in Ukraine

A cluster randomised trial in Ukraine has shown that a peer education project reduced new HIV infections in people who inject drugs by 41%. Working with individuals

Published
26 July 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Opioid substitution therapy combined with HIV treatment saves the lives of more drug users than ART alone

Providing opioid substitution therapy (OST) alongside antiretroviral therapy (ART) to people who inject drugs results in a significantly greater reduction in deaths compared to providing either intervention

Published
23 July 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
Improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment

PHE's latest briefing in the 'Turning evidence into practice' series has practical advice for commissioners and services on improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment. Preventing blood-borne virus transmission is one of the eight good practice outcomes of the national drug strategy and treating hepatitis C infection is a growing priority for the NHS.

Published
17 July 2015
From
Public Health England
Can Rural America Learn to Live With Needle Exchange?

Faced with an IV-drug-related HIV outbreak, Austin, Indiana, was forced to set up a syringe swap. The town will never be the same.

Published
10 July 2015
From
Poz
Drug consumption rooms: an overview of provision and evidence

The European Union’s drug misuse monitoring centre says the evidence contradicts concerns that facilities where drug users can more safely use illegal drugs might counterproductively encourage drug use, delay treatment entry, or aggravate problems arising from local drug markets; instead both the users and the community benefit.

Published
06 July 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Theresa May's legal highs ban is unenforceable, say government advisers

Home secretary is told legislation banning all psychoactive substances needs a rewrite to avoid unintentionally criminalising people.

Published
06 July 2015
From
The Guardian
Russia has a serious HIV crisis, and the government is to blame

"I think you could probably point to Russia as a worst-practice for virtually every aspect of how to respond to an HIV epidemic concentrated among drug users," says Daniel Wolfe, director of the International Harm Reduction Program at the Open Society Foundations, the George Soros-funded NGO.

Published
03 July 2015
From
The Verge
4 arrested in connection with southern Indiana HIV outbreak

Authorities say four men have been arrested after allegedly distributing drugs that have fueled the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history.

Published
25 June 2015
From
Indianopolis Star
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