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Sofosbuvir-based therapy achieves excellent SVR12 rates among people who inject drugs in Ukraine

People who inject drugs (PWID) can have an excellent response to sofosbuvir-based therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, Ukrainian research presented to the recent 2016 AASLD Liver

07 December 2016
Michael Carter
United States: Syringe service use up, but a third of people who inject drugs still share needles

Use of syringe exchange and distribution services has increased substantially over the past decade in the United States, and HIV diagnoses among people who inject drugs have

06 December 2016
Liz Highleyman
The Philippines: No country for poor men

Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines won his presidency with a promise of a brutal crackdown on drugs. But six months and more than 4,000 deaths later, a troubling picture of the profile of those being targeted is emerging.

05 December 2016
Inside The Dark, Dangerous World of Chemsex

Gay and bisexual men described wide-scale and systematic sexual violence, the deliberate drugging of vulnerable teenagers, the coaxing of impoverished men into a cloaked world of prostitution, frequent mental breakdowns from meth-induced psychoses, overdose victims routinely left to slip into comas, and a pile-up of sudden deaths. Almost no one is coming forward to report incidents to police. And most are not seeking help from services that treat substance abuse or tackle sexual exploitation.

04 December 2016
In the Fight against AIDS, People Who Inject Drugs Are Being Left Behind

Today, on World AIDS Day, you will repeatedly hear the mantra “leave no one behind,” referring to the concerted effort to end AIDS by 2030 pledged in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But evidence shows that people who use drugs, a population at particular risk of HIV transmission, are in fact being left further and further behind.

02 December 2016
Open Society Foundations
Opiates Are Threatening To Undo 3 Decades Of HIV Progress

The United States’ ongoing opioid epidemic may be undoing the hard-fought public health gains of HIV/AIDS reduction, according to a U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report published Tuesday.

30 November 2016
Huffington Post
Health agencies should challenge the idea that most gay men use drugs

Drug use generally and chemsex more specifically are perceived to be common and normalised behaviours among gay men involved in those scenes in London, but this perception

29 November 2016
Roger Pebody
NICE one? Is NHS guidance on substance misuse fit for purpose?

2007 was the last time the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published guidance on psychosocial interventions for substance misuse. Is the guidance published a decade ago fit for purpose in 2016?

28 November 2016
The Mental Elf
Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

While gay men’s use of drugs in sexual contexts is often portrayed as deviant, extreme and unconnected with the sentimental norms of stable relationships, ethnographic research in

22 November 2016
Roger Pebody
Global State of Harm Reduction 2016

Services to reduce drug-related harms are failing to keep up with growing need, despite pledges to combat AIDS among people who inject drugs. The drive to scale-up needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for people who inject drugs has stalled, according to a new report released today by Harm Reduction International (HRI).

17 November 2016
Harm Reduction International
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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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