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Study: Needle exchange policy prevented HIV - USA TODAY

Lifting a ban on spending city money on needle exchanges for intravenous drug users prevented 120 new cases of HIV in two years in Washington DC, according to a new study that researchers hope can help other communities deal with a surge in addicts.

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15 hours ago
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USA Today
HIV treatment as prevention scale-up linked to reduced mortality among people who inject drugs in Vancouver

HIV-related and all-cause death decreased significantly among people who inject drugs – with similar declines for both women and men – since the introduction of

Published
01 September 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Glasgow in grip of "unusual" HIV outbreak as the number of new cases soar

Glasgow is in the grip of a HIV outbreak after the number of new cases through drug injection more than trebled in a year. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde usually sees about 10 cases of HIV through drug injection each year. But since the start of this year there have already been 36 cases identified.

Published
01 September 2015
From
Glasgow Evening Times
Unsafe drug use behind HIV boom in Malaysian fishermen

Twelve per cent of Malaysian fishermen tested HIV positive — a figure that rose to 24 per cent among injection drug users. In comparison, just one in every 200 people is HIV positive in the general Malaysian population.

Published
25 August 2015
From
Sci.dev.net
While Washington Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic, Hepatitis C Treatment Remains Unaffordable

If Washington wants to do something about the public health issues left behind by the opioid abuse epidemic, it might have to start doing something about prescription-drug costs.

Published
19 August 2015
From
National Journal
How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

Meanwhile, high prices and stringent requirements from insurers and Big Pharma are limiting access to effective treatment.

Published
12 August 2015
From
Boston magazine
Low-threshold methadone maintenance reduces HIV risk for people who inject drugs

Receiving methadone maintenance therapy through primary care physicians or community pharmacies significantly reduced the risk of HIV infection for people who inject drugs in Vancouver, findings of

Published
12 August 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
New study shows increased accessibility to methadone treatment through primary care decreases spread of HIV

As British Columbia’s methadone maintenance program comes under provincial review, a new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) highlights major benefits of methadone in Vancouver. The study, published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet HIV shows a link between increased access to methadone for injection drug users and a decrease in the spread of HIV in this population.

Published
11 August 2015
From
British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
Indiana HIV outbreak offers lessons about containing local outbreaks and need for harm reduction

An early-2015 outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) in rural Indiana, USA, linked to injection of prescription opiates, offers a good example of how to

Published
10 August 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
New HIV cases soar in Florida

The number of reported HIV cases in Florida has jumped 23 percent so far this year, the biggest increase in a continuing upward trend that began in 2012 after several years of decreases. The proportion of Floridians infected with the disease is at its highest in seven years. Experts say the reasons include a decreased fear of dying from AIDS, subpar attempts at safe-sex education and disease prevention, and increased use of injected drugs such as heroin.

Published
07 August 2015
From
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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