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Hepatitis C virus reinfection is uncommon after being cured with DAAs

Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during

Published
19 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Yes, Drug Laws Absolutely Hurt HIV Prevention and Treatment, Study Confirms

A newly published report in Lancet HIV confirms the long-suspected assertion that the war on drugs is only making matters worse. The study, the first scientific review on this issue, provides concrete evidence that drug laws are harmful to preventing and treating HIV.

Published
18 May 2017
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Newsweek
Hydromorphone works as well as heroin-assisted drug addiction treatment

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side-effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Drug checking reveals high levels of fentanyl contamination in Vancouver street drugs

A pilot project to check the purity of drugs at Vancouver's Insite safe injection facility found that around 80% of tested samples contained fentanyl, and people who

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
AA amyloidosis is an unrecognised problem among people who inject drugs

AA amyloidosis, a condition resulting from skin and soft tissue infections that can lead to kidney failure, may be more common than previously recognised among people who

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
State HCV Incidence and Policies Related to Preventive Services, and Treatment Services for Persons Who Inject Drugs

The authors of this analysis examined state laws governing access to safe infection equipment and Medicaid policies related to HCV treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID) in all 50 states and DC.

Published
12 May 2017
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CDC
New HRI report warns of HIV and Hepatitis C 'powder keg' in the European Union ahead of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17)

UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI) warns that if the roll back of funding harm reduction services such as needle and syringe programmes and methadone provision in the European Union remained unchecked, renewed spikes in HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infections amongst people who use drugs were inevitable.

Published
10 May 2017
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From pill to needle: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injection

The prescription opioid epidemic is shrinking the time it used to take drug users to progress to drug injection, a new Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study suggests. The study may predict the next national public health threat related to prescription painkiller abuse. 'The prescription opioid epidemic is creating a heroin epidemic, which will create an injection drug use epidemic,' said Ricky Bluthenthal, study lead author.

Published
09 May 2017
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Where harm reduction policies went up, hepatitis C incidence went down, study finds

In a study tracking numbers of new infections of hepatitis C and rates of sharing syringes among people injecting drugs over two and a half decades, differences in infection trends emerged across cities in North America, Australia and the Netherlands, researchers report in a recent Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
09 May 2017
From
Science Speaks
On borrowed time

The delayed drug strategy – and lack of plan for an alcohol strategy – is pulling the lifeline from a sector in crisis, hears DDN

Published
08 May 2017
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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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