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Indiana Says HIV Outbreak Is Worsening

An Indiana county at the heart of an H.I.V. outbreak has seen a “significant increase” in the number of cases more than two weeks into a short-term needle exchange program, state health officials said.

Published
20 April 2015
From
New York Times
LGBT drug support

London Friend chief executive Monty Moncrieff talks to David Gilliver about the treatment needs of the LGBT community and the challenge posed by the ‘chemsex’ scene.

Published
14 April 2015
From
Drink & Drugs News
Living With Drugs: France approves safe injection rooms for users

France has approved drug consumption rooms where drug users can consume their drugs under the supervision of health professional.

Published
13 April 2015
From
International Business Times
Prison methadone reduces HIV risk behaviours

Maintenance prescribing of drugs like methadone to heroin-dependent prisoners seems to reduce injecting and the sharing of injecting equipment, but no study has yet tested whether these changes lead to the expected reduction in HIV infections. Despite this promising if scarce evidence, such programmes are under attack for squandering the chance for prisoners to break free of opiate-type drugs.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
Alert: Serbia is losing harm reduction

The situation with harm reduction in Serbia is getting increasingly alarming after withdrawal of the Global Fund. Three organizations doing HR programs in Serbia for more than a decade are struggling to maintain services. We want a different future for their beneficiaries. ""Please use your communication with donors to put Serbia back as eligible for funding the harm reduction programs - we keep knocking on closed doors. The EU is the biggest donor here and has no health programs whatsoever; as for other donors, we are ineligible whomever we approach, and keep losing on relevance to the calls,“ says Miodrag Atanasjevic, NGO Veza, Belgrade, Serbia.

Published
02 April 2015
From
Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

Published
01 April 2015
From
CATIE
How an HIV outbreak hit rural Indiana — and why we should be paying attention

When you don’t have a health-care system where people have access to testing and treatment, the introduction of one infection into a community of drug users can turn into an outbreak.

Published
31 March 2015
From
Washington Post
Leading drugs charity DrugScope to close due to lack of funds

DrugScope, the UK’s leading independent centre of drug and drug abuse expertise, is to close due to a lack of funds.

Published
31 March 2015
From
The Guardian
HCV sexual transmission linked to anal sex, drug use, lower CD4 count

In addition to the usual risk factors for hepatitis C virus (HCV) sexual transmission seen in most previous studies – such as anal sex and having other

Published
31 March 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Needle exchange Is allowed after HIV outbreak in an Indiana county

An outbreak of HIV in southeastern Indiana prompted the governor on Thursday to declare a public health emergency as officials worked to stop the spread of the virus that causes AIDS. The governor authorized a short-term exchange program that would provide drug users with access to sterile needles so that contaminated needles were less likely to be shared. Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, has long opposed such programs. But he said that the outbreak, which was first identified in late January, had reached epidemic proportions, justifying the action. “This is all hands on deck,” Mr. Pence said. “This is a very serious situation.”

Published
28 March 2015
From
New York Times
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