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Canada: New study finds majority of women living with HIV who also inject drugs face legal obligation to disclose HIV status to sexual partners

A new study presented to the IAS conference in Vancouver, Canada found that 44 per cent of women within a research cohort of people who use injection drugs living with HIV in Vancouver would be legally obligated to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners. Within the study, 65 per cent of male participants compared with only 45 percent of female participants satisfied the Supreme Court of Canada’s legal test for HIV non-disclosure. This says that people living with HIV must disclose their HIV status to a partner before sexual activity unless both a condom is used and a low HIV viral load is present.

Published
26 August 2015
From
HIV Justice Network
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
Third of people with HIV who use drugs intentionally miss doses of HIV treatment when planning to use drugs

Beliefs about possible toxic interactions between antiretroviral therapy (ART) and illicit drugs are causing large numbers of people living with HIV who use drugs to intentionally miss doses

Published
12 August 2015
By
Michael Carter
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
Improving access to, and completion of, hepatitis C treatment

Treating hepatitis C infection is an effective and cost-effective way to substantially reduce prevalence, especially in areas where it is high. Compliance with the new treatment is easier and can be further improved by well-planned support for patients. .

Published
04 August 2015
From
Public Health England
Stigmatisation undermining Russia's HIV control efforts

Despite conciliatory language, continued marginalisation of vulnerable groups in Russia is likely having negative consequences on the HIV epidemic. Talha Burki reports.

Published
27 July 2015
From
EATG
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
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