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Opioid Maintenance Therapy Linked to Lower Hepatitis C Rates for People Who Inject Drugs

Young drug injectors who undergo opioid agonist maintenance therapy using buprenorphine or methadone have a lower likelihood of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) than those who continue injecting or use other types of substance use treatment, according to a study published in the October 27 edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
29 October 2014
From
HIVandhepatitis.com
Female drug users in Georgia face barriers to access therapy

Many women addicted to drugs in Georgia are unable to access harm-reduction programmes because of stigma and discrimination, including from health professionals.

Published
17 October 2014
From
The Lancet
Hard choices in Russia as the final HIV grant proposal is submitted

The concept note delivered on 8 September for Russia's last HIV grant from the Global Fund was a perfect illustration of the conundrum facing a growing number of Eastern European/Central Asian countries: how to do more with less to fight a widening HIV epidemic. As more countries from the region 'graduate' from Global Fund eligibility due to their income classification, the funds that they could once count on to support prevention, harm reduction and other programs targeting vulnerable populations are disappearing. And there is little evidence that most national budgets are prepared or able to fill the vacuum.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Aidspan
Russia's harm reduction programs threatened by want of funds

Activists fear that due to new ceilings on the size of their grants from the Global Fund, which has been the main source of funding for harm reduction in the absence of government funds, the number of infections could drive higher.

Published
25 September 2014
From
Global Fund Observer
People living with HIV in the US are infrequently screened for HCV

People living with HIV are infrequently screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, according to US research published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Published
22 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
Tips for supplying foil

So foil is now legal in the UK (since September 5th), needle programmes across the country are now (hopefully) stocking it and offering it as a possible tool for change or early engagement route for people who smoke rather than inject their drug of choice. So here's a bit of advice for those workers giving it out.

Published
09 September 2014
From
Injecting Advice
UK: Serious concerns expressed by DrugScope over sharp increase in drug related deaths

On 3 September, the Office for National Statistics released Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2013. The data relates to deaths registered in 2013 and shows a sharp rise in deaths as a consequence of drug misuse in England and Wales.In 2013, 1,957 drug misuse deaths were registered, up 20 per cent on the figure for 2012 (1,636).

Published
04 September 2014
From
DrugScope (press release)
Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin is on increase in South Africa

Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases. This comes as health workers have noticed drug users turning away from smoking towards injecting. In response, the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA) in Observatory are preparing to educate needle using drug users on the safe use of needles. Whereas once hardcore addicts chose to smoke their 'unga' on tinfoil and people who “spiked” the drug were shunned and looked down upon, this is no longer the rule.

Published
02 September 2014
From
Groundup
Expanded harm reduction provision achieves impressive reductions in HCV incidence among PWID in Scotland

Implementation of comprehensive harm reduction policies has achieved impressive reductions in incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Scotland, research published

Published
20 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Experts Say Russia Not Ready to Fight HIV

People walking past the pharmacy where volunteers chat with Olesya — an intravenous drug user with HIV — glare at the young woman, quickening their pace as they go. Others, many of them also young women, stop to accept the clean clean syringes, HIV tests and pregnancy tests being handed out as part of an outreach program to do the things that many specialists say authorities are not: acknowledge the fact that a full-blown HIV epidemic is becoming more and more of a reality each day.

Published
20 August 2014
From
The Moscow Times
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