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Harm reduction approaches predicted to reduce rates of new hepatitis C infection for people who inject drugs

A combination of providing clean needles and syringes and offering safer oral therapy, such as methadone, reduced the predicted risk of becoming infected with hepatitis C virus by 71%. Providing both services to people who inject drugs was likely to be cost-effective and has the potential to be cost-saving in some parts of the UK, depending on the size of the local population of people who inject drugs and underlying rates of infection.

Published
08 December 2017
From
National Institute for Health Research
Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

The Long Read: Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime.

Published
05 December 2017
From
The Guardian
Shooting Up: Infections among people who inject drugs in the UK, 2016

A briefing for directors of public health, commissioners and service providers in England.

Published
30 November 2017
From
Public Health England
How Drug Users Would Solve the Opioid Crisis

Users say they want to end prohibition, seek reparations, and get invested in pain alternatives like weed. In Vancouver, that’s already happening.

Published
15 November 2017
From
Vice
Trump administration begins to confront the opioid crisis

As the Presidential Commission releases its recommendations, Trump moves closer to defining his policies against the opioid epidemic. Susan Jaffe, The Lancet Washington correspondent, reports.

Published
10 November 2017
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
Programmes to prevent HIV/ hepatitis spread among PWID inadequate

Just over half (52%) of the countries with evidence of injecting drug use had needle syringe programs and medical treatment to encourage reductions in injecting – opioid substitution therapy – was available in less than half of all countries identified (48%).

Published
02 November 2017
From
Medical Brief
No data to support claim that HIV/AIDS has spiked due to fentanyl and heroin use

Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey said that the Trump administration’s plan to use funds from HIV and AIDS programs to fight the opioid addiction crisis is unsound. Specifically, the Massachusetts senator said that increased opioid abuse has led to an increase in HIV and AIDS. We wanted to know if increased use of heroin and fentanyl have led to increased rates of HIV and AIDS. We found some truth to Markey’s claim but not enough national data to fully back it.

Published
01 November 2017
From
Politifact
Hepatitis C testing linked to reduced opioid use among people who inject drugs

Getting tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) was associated with reduced drug use, especially among those who tested positive, but even people who tested negative saw some

Published
25 October 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Screening for Hepatitis C Improves Opioid Abuse Treatment Outcomes

Research presented this week at The Liver Meeting® – held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases – shows people in treatment for opioid substance abuse significantly lowered their non‐prescribed opioid use after testing positive for hepatitis C virus.

Published
23 October 2017
From
AASLD
From opioids to HIV — a public health threat in Trump country

The prospect that HIV is transforming itself from a disease that primarily affected gay men and minorities in urban centers to one that targets rural, red-state America could have huge political, as well as public health implications.

Published
23 October 2017
From
Politico
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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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