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AIDS 2016 focuses on impact of legal and policy barriers to HIV services for groups at greatest risk of infection

In an official press conference today at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, researchers and community representatives discussed the impact of discriminatory laws and policies in many parts of the world that hinder access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for the populations most at risk of HIV infection – men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs, and prisoners.

Published
18 July 2016
From
AIDS 2016
The Lancet: Mass imprisonment of drug users driving global epidemics of HIV, hepatitis, and tuberculosis

The War on Drugs, mass incarceration of drug users, and the failure to provide proven harm reduction and treatment strategies has led to high levels of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis B and C infection among prisoners--far higher than in the general population. With an estimated 30 million people passing in and out of prisons every year, prisoners will be key to controlling HIV and tuberculosis epidemics worldwide, according to a major six-part Series on HIV and related infections in prisoners, published in The Lancet and being presented at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.

Published
17 July 2016
From
EurekAlert
Opioid substitution therapy improves many ART-related outcomes among people who inject drugs

Opioid substitution therapy has a key roll in improving antiretroviral therapy (ART)-related outcomes among HIV-positive people who inject drugs, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in

Published
14 July 2016
By
Michael Carter
The scourge of heroin and opioid deaths still doesn’t match AIDS at its worst

Cuomo, in a press conference in Buffalo, said, "We’re losing as many people to heroin and opioid overdoses as we lost to the AIDS epidemic at its peak." About 28,000 people died from a heroin or opioid overdose in 2014. About 43,000 people died from AIDS in 1995. Cuomo’s comparison is a reach.

Published
11 July 2016
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Politifact
Vaccination could have important role in control of UK HCV epidemic among people who inject drugs

A vaccine, even with low efficacy, could lead to meaningful reductions in the incidence and prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) among people who inject drugs (PWID),

Published
30 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
'It's Destroyed People's Lives': The Shocking Rise in Hepatitis C-Related Deaths

Hepatitis C is preventable and curable—but it now kills more Americans than any other disease. According to experts, stigma against intravenous drug users and sex workers may be to blame.

Published
22 June 2016
From
VICE
Hepatitis C: Treating People Who Inject Drugs

How can HCV specialists best work with addiction centers to bring potential patients into more complete and comprehensive HCV care?

Published
21 June 2016
From
HCV Next
Many US communities vulnerable to HIV outbreak due to unsafe injecting of prescription opioids

Research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes has identified the jurisdictions in the United States especially vulnerable to the rapid spread

Published
21 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
People who inject drugs have other priorities ahead of PrEP

People who inject drugs have fundamental concerns about HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the manner in which it is being promoted, according to a consultation conducted by

Published
17 June 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Leading public health bodies call for decriminalisation of drugs

Report from Royal Society for Public Health and Faculty of Public Health says misuse of drugs should be a health issue, not a criminal one.

Published
16 June 2016
From
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
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