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Harm-Reduction Program Optimizes HIV/AIDS Prevention, UCSF Study Shows

New research from UC San Francisco and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation has found that clients participating in a harm-reduction substance use treatment program, the Stonewall Project, decrease their use of stimulants, such as methamphetamine, and reduce their sexual risk behavior.

Published
22 April 2014
From
University of California San Francisco press release
'Chem sex' commonly reported by UK gay men diagnosed with shigella

 'Chem sex' (taking recreational drugs during sex) and attendance at sex parties are commonly reported by UK gay men with shigella infection, according to research presented to

Published
17 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
Crimea: Russian Law Corners Drug Users

As local authorities prepare to put an end to opioid substitution treatment (OST) programmes in the newly annexed Crimean peninsula, drug users there say they are being forced to choose between a return to addiction and becoming refugees.

Published
16 April 2014
From
Inter Press Service
Nurses help addicts inject heroin at controversial clinic battling HIV

British Columbia has successfully stemmed an epidemic of AIDS in one of the hardest to reach populations: intravenous drug addicts. Correspondent William Brangham examines the ways that medical professionals are taking on the spread of HIV, including a policy of 'HIV treatment as prevention' and a controversial facility where nurses help drug addicts inject illegal drugs.

Published
14 April 2014
From
PBS Newshour (video)
"Chemsex" in gay and bisexual men: what's going on?

Reflections on a recent study of 'chemsex' in London gay men, from a writer on addiction and recovery.

Published
14 April 2014
From
Recovery Review
NICE seeks to limit the spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users

With increasing numbers of people across the country injecting themselves with steroids, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline on the provision of needle and syringe programmes for adults and young people with new recommendations about services for those who use image and performance enhancing drugs.

Published
09 April 2014
From
NICE (press release)
NHS adviser calls for needle exchanges for steroid users

Nice says NHS should provide services at gyms and develop policies to help young people who inject performance drugs

Published
09 April 2014
From
The Guardian
Giving treatment to specific high-risk people may bring down HIV faster than distributing it equally

In a concentrated epidemic, HIV is mainly restricted to – or at least more common in – specific risk groups. In this situation, and if universal

Published
08 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns
First European Conference on Hepatitis C and Drug Use, Berlin, 23-24 October 2014

One of the highlights during the conference will be the presentation of the 'Berlin Declaration', a pressing call to national and European policy makers, to ensure better access and quality of HCV treatment for the most marginalised groups and individuals.

Published
07 April 2014
From
EATG
Expanded HIV testing may find more acute infections as well as more late presenters

Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it,

Published
07 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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