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Harm reduction scale-up needed to eliminate HCV in people who inject drugs, European model predicts

Elimination of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs in Europe will require simultaneous scale-up of direct-acting antiviral treatment, needle and syringe programmes (NSP) and

01 February 2018
Keith Alcorn
What’s missing from the conversation about safe injection sites: drug users’ voices

"This is a very top-down process, and that doesn't always reflect what's best for drug users," said one harm reduction activist. Inside the fight to quell Philadelphia's opioid addiction crisis.

26 January 2018
Using social and risk networks helps identify people undiagnosed with HIV

Conducting HIV testing among the social and risk networks of those recently diagnosed with HIV helps identify undiagnosed cases of HIV at significantly higher rates and at a lower cost than other testing approaches, finds a new study conducted in Ukraine by an international research team.

22 January 2018
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Drug users find safety, community in underground injection facility

Intravenous drug users who inject in a secret U.S. facility where staff provide clean needles and guard against overdoses say they appreciate the site for letting them in off the streets and for its history-shaping role.

16 January 2018
Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

Advocates have cautioned against using language that stigmatizes drug use or portrays people who use drugs as morally flawed or inferior. Rather, language should be "people-first" and reflect the medical nature of substance use. "Person with a substance use disorder" should be used over "addict" or "junkie" for example and "supervised consumption site" over "fix site" or "shooting gallery."

11 January 2018
The Globe and Mail
HIV spike linked to injection-drug use hits Cincinnati area

The number of HIV cases linked to injection-drug use in Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio increased dramatically last year, according to public health officials. Now the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is assisting with genetic testing to determine if the cases are connected.

10 January 2018
Why the Bay State Worries About a Possible HIV Outbreak

And what it’s doing to avoid a situation like rural Indiana, where more than 180 people got HIV within four months.

04 January 2018
Fears over loss of drug addicts' Glasgow needle exchange as HIV outbreak spreads

USE of needle exchanges by drug addicts has plummeted since one of Scotland's busiest units closed, amid concerns the move is contributing to the growth of an HIV outbreak.

21 December 2017
The Herald
Harm reduction approaches predicted to reduce rates of new hepatitis C infection for people who inject drugs

A combination of providing clean needles and syringes and offering safer oral therapy, such as methadone, reduced the predicted risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus by 71%. Providing both services to people who inject drugs was likely to be cost-effective and has the potential to be cost-saving in some parts of the UK, depending on the size of the local population of people who inject drugs and underlying rates of infection.

08 December 2017
National Institute for Health Research
Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

The Long Read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

05 December 2017
The Guardian
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

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