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While Russia grapples with HIV epidemic, Moscow's addicts share their filthy needles

Infection rates are set to hit three million, but drug use and unsafe sex - the main causes - are rife.

Published
23 hours ago
From
The Guardian
HIV Outbreak: Why Austin? Why Indiana?

I think the reason we see it here is because we found it. Many areas of the country are experiencing, along with drug abuse, especially in smaller, rural towns, high unemployment, lower incomes and a lack of education. Sadly, there are places in this country where the future looks bleak

Published
20 May 2015
From
WHAS 11.com
Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

For years Russia has remained remarkably silent on the challenge it faces from HIV and Aids. Now that silence has been broken by an epidemiologist who has been working in the field for more than two decades - and he calls the situation "a national catastrophe".

Published
20 May 2015
From
BBC
Indiana HIV outbreak: CDC study of cases shows most are the same strain

A genetic analysis of HIV samples taken from about half the people infected in the largest HIV outbreak in Indiana history shows nearly all of them have the same strain of the virus, a finding one health expert says is a sobering reminder of how rapidly HIV can spread among intravenous drug users.

Published
15 May 2015
From
The Guardian
First French Cities Apply for Drug Consumption Rooms Under New Law

Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Paris have submitted applications to implement supervised injection sites (SISs) for drug users, becoming the first cities to do so under a groundbreaking law introduced last month.

Published
12 May 2015
From
Talking Drugs
Methadone Quixote: The Battle for Harm Reduction in Russia

Methadone substitution therapy has been approved by the United Nations and widely used to treat drug addiction in many countries worldwide. In Russia, however, it remains illegal. In response to applications filed with the European Court of Human Rights by three Russian drug users alleging that the ban on methadone therapy in Russia amounts to torture and ill-treatment, Russia is trying to suppress the “methadone” applications to the ECtHR at the domestic as well as international level by mounting its pressure on the three applicants.

Published
07 May 2015
From
Talkingdrugs.org
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
Opioid substitution treatment increases chances that people who inject drugs will have good adherence to HIV therapy

Opioid substitution treatment (OST) increases the chances of people who inject drugs achieving good adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) by 68%, Canadian investigators report in

Published
09 April 2015
By
Michael Carter
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
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
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