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Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Toronto Star
How the War in Ukraine Is Causing a Rise in HIV Infections

According to data from the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation, between January and November 2015, more than 13,000 cases of infection have been recorded in Ukraine. An uptick connected to the failure of the Health System, the destruction of medical buildings, and the shutting down of assistance programs for HIV positive people. On top of those factors, the deterioration of the economic situation in the country and the 300 percent devaluation of the Ukrainian currency, a fall of 25 percent has been registered in the purchase and distribution of condoms in 2014.

Published
26 January 2016
From
VICE
Formerly legal drug 'snow blow' linked to rise in HIV

The injection of a formerly legal high known as ‘snow blow’ is linked to an upsurge in HIV infections among chaotic drug users in Dublin, research shows.

Published
13 January 2016
From
Irish Examiner
B.C. experts help control Indiana HIV spread

World-renowned HIV experts from British Columbia are stepping in to help control a massive outbreak of the disease in rural Indiana.

Published
12 January 2016
From
Globalnews.ca
US: It Took 20 Years For The Government To Pay For An Obvious Way To Prevent HIV

the final days of December, Congress quietly decided to change the 30-year-old ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. For advocates, researchers and health workers who’ve worked on this issue for decades, it was a welcome, but bittersweet change. Lawmakers were moved to act not by the scientific research but by a large outbreak of HIV in Indiana last year.

Published
11 January 2016
From
FiveThirtyEight
The City at the Heart of the Philippines's HIV Epidemic

New infections in the country have skyrocketed, even as they’re declining worldwide. Cebu City, one of the hardest-hit areas, is struggling to control the drug use that’s spreading the virus.

Published
06 January 2016
From
The Atlantic
Young Men With Detectable Viral Loads More Likely to Engage in Risky Behavior

A new study on HIV-positive men and transgender women who have sex with men reported that participants with detectable viral loads were more likely to have anal sex without condoms than those who were virally suppressed, and that condom use was closely related to substance abuse. The study examined participants age 15 to 26 across the US from 2009 to 2012. Among those who had detectable viral loads, a full 44 percent reported condomless sex, a significant percentage higher than those who were virally suppressed but had condomless sex (which was only 25 percent).

Published
05 January 2016
From
HIVPlusMag
Australia: People Who Use Drugs Welcome Decision to ‘Seize the Day’ on New Hepatitis C Treatments

The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) celebrates today’s momentous decision by the Australian Government to fund highly effective new hepatitis C treatment medications through their listing on the PBS.

Published
21 December 2015
From
Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League
US syringe funding ban impedes HIV and hepatitis C prevention

Providing sterile syringes is a proven effective way to prevent HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among people who inject drugs, yet the US government continues to

Published
16 December 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
UK maintains the largest HIV epidemic in western Europe

The annual surveillance report released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the number and rate of new diagnoses of HIV

Published
15 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns
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