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Four Laws That Are Devastating Public Health in Uganda

In the past year Uganda has passed four laws which defy public health principles and show blatant disregard for dignity and human rights. These laws target individuals who are already marginalized by society and most in need of health services and support: people who sell sex to make ends meet for their families; LGBTI people living in fear of community violence; people hiding their HIV medication from their own families; and people struggling to manage drug dependence and other illnesses. Perhaps most harmful of all, parts of Ugandan society are interpreting these laws to justify violence and exclusion.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Open Society Foundation
Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection

Occasional heroin use by HIV-positive patients may be particularly harmful to the immune system and worsens HIV disease, compared to persistent or no heroin use, an international team of researchers reports.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Science Daily
Ukraine’s capital is facing an explosive TB epidemic

Kiev may be facing an unprecedented tuberculosis crisis. This is according to Larissa Kanarovskaya, the Head of the Kiev City Union of health workers. On December 1, 2014, at a press conference (a video in Russian can be seen here), she announced that on the average, 100 people die every day in Ukraine’s capital, of which one case is from active tuberculosis.

Published
17 December 2014
From
TB Europe Coalition
Harm reduction programs need more flexibility to work properly in Eastern Europe

Restrictive policies that can sometimes prevent people from keeping their jobs could be compromising the effectiveness of Global Fund-supported opioid substitution therapy programs across Eastern Europe and Central Asia, civil society representatives from around the region told Aidspan.

Published
15 December 2014
From
Aidspan
Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

Published
10 December 2014
From
The Politic
Pakistani Blood Transfusions Spreading Hepatitis, HIV: Official

Lax oversight of blood banks means about a fifth of patients in Pakistan who get regular transfusions have been infected with hepatitis, a top government health official said on Friday. Some also get HIV.

Published
09 December 2014
From
HepatitisCNewDrugs
Reduced physical function significantly increases mortality risk of middle-aged people living with HIV

HIV infection is associated with reduced physical performance, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. They also found that people living with HIV who had reduced physical

Published
04 December 2014
By
Michael Carter
Safer injecting practices would be better promoted by focusing on pleasure and practical concerns – not the risk of infection

Harm reduction interventions often fail to engage people who inject drugs because they over-emphasise infection and risk, Magdalena Harris of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical

Published
03 December 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Gaps in HIV prevention expose Europe to risk of outbreaks

The EMCDDA warns that new HIV infections related to the injection of drugs – including stimulants – have been reported in many countries, particularly in Eastern Europe. Of particular concern is the fact that many of the injecting-related cases in Europe are detected too late. Special attention should be given to providing these often hard-to-reach groups of drug users with adequate prevention messages, early diagnosis and treatment referral and to scaling up effective integrated harm reduction measures.

Published
02 December 2014
From
EMCDDA
Greece: new HIV cases fall in 2013 due to halving of infections in injecting drug users

Health authorities in Greece say the number of HIV infections fell in 2013 for the first time since the start of the financial crisis. In its annual report issued Tuesday, Greece's Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of new infections nationwide fell by 20%, from 920 last year from 1,188 in 2012. This is largely due to a 52% decline in infections in people who inject drugs after a sharp spike in infections in 2012.

Published
26 November 2014
From
Greek Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
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