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Philippines' war on drugs affecting fight against HIV

President Duterte has said that his government may need to extend its bloody anti-drug campaign for six more months. But the crackdown could be harming HIV interventions for injecting drug users.

Published
20 September 2016
From
Deutsche Welle
HCV treatment is effective and may work as prevention for people who inject drugs

Hepatitis C treatment for people who inject drugs is as safe and effective as it is for non-drug-users – with cure rates exceeding 90% – and treating

Published
20 September 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
How three drug users took on the might of the Russian state

Substitution therapy for addicts is banned in Russia. Three activists are hoping to gain access to the treatment through the European court of human rights.

Published
15 September 2016
From
The Guardian
Deaths from heroin overdoses are spiralling in Britain. Many are preventable.

Widening access to naloxone, a drug that prevents death from overdose, could save lives. Currently, there is a postcode lottery.

Published
12 September 2016
From
The Economist
Effective antiviral treatment reduces fatigue in people with chronic hepatitis C

Fatigue – a common symptom among people living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection – is associated with liver inflammation and fibrosis, but antiviral therapy that leads

Published
12 September 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
INHSU 2016 opens with focus on hepatitis C prevention and treatment for people who inject drugs

The 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users (INHSU 2016) got underway yesterday with an overview of the epidemiology of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among

Published
09 September 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
New research supports hep C treatment for people who use drugs

Global health experts are today are calling for the removal of restrictions preventing people who use drugs from accessing new hepatitis C cures. So long as these restrictions exist, the goal of disease elimination will remain out of reach, they say. They are gathered in Oslo for the 5th International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users.

Published
07 September 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Is harm reduction the primary goal, or acceptable only in the service of eliminating drug use?

Many people view drug use as so damaging that ‘no use’ is the only justifiable aim of policy. More temperate variants see harm reduction aims and services as permissible, but only as steps towards stopping drug use altogether. Others elevate harm reduction to an overriding objective. Between these poles UK policy has shifted, driven by the threat of HIV from its default anti-drugs base towards the harm-reduction pole.

Published
06 September 2016
From
Drink & Drug News
Safe injection clinic says 90% of clients' heroin tested positive for fentanyl

North America’s only supervised injection site for drugs like cocaine, speed and crystal meth has found that 90% of its clients’ heroin contained the powerful synthetic fentanyl.

Published
06 September 2016
From
The Guardian
The Injustice Of Lifetime Food Stamp Bans

Five states still impose a lifetime ban on food stamps for people who have been convicted of a felony drug crime. Not only do these bans threaten individual and public health, but they incubate the very types of criminal behavior that law enforcement claims they want to eliminate.

Published
30 August 2016
From
Huffington Post
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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