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How Mike Pence used Obamacare to halt Indiana's HIV outbreak

Two years later, the vice president is helping lead the Republican effort to dismantle the program.

Published
21 February 2017
From
Politico
Will there be a new wave of HIV in people who inject drugs in the US?

Ever since there was an outbreak of HIV among white, largely rural heroin users in Indiana in 2015, there have been concerns that the conditions exist on

Published
20 February 2017
By
Gus Cairns
INPUD Announcement: Executive Director Appointment

INPUD is very pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Chang as our new Executive Director. As of February 2017, Judy is responsible for leading INPUD towards its mission and purpose, responsible for the operationalisation of INPUD’s strategy, for overseeing the representation of INPUD, and is the key liaison with civil society and INPUD’s donors.

Published
15 February 2017
From
International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD)
Safer consumption facility would provide substantial financial gain for services

The business case for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership’s proposed safer consumption facility for heroin users has found that safer consumption facilities not only improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs, but are also ‘highly cost effective and contribute to savings’ for health services. Establishing a safer consumption facility would also create the potential for savings in other services in Glasgow.

Published
08 February 2017
From
Scottish Drugs Forum
Health Canada approves three supervised consumption sites for Montreal

Health Canada has approved three supervised consumption sites for Montreal – the first federal approvals for the harm-reduction facilities outside of Vancouver as Ottawa presses forward in its response to Canada’s overdose crisis.

Published
07 February 2017
From
Globe & Mail
Slamming booklet uses provocative 'Tom of Finland' images in safer injecting guide for gay men

This publication is adapted from a groundbreaking Dutch publication Slammen Do’s and Don’ts first published by Mainline Foundation in January 2016. The UK edition was adapted by Andrew Preston and Roy Jones, and superbly illustrated in the style of Tom of Finland by Michael Linnell.

Published
06 February 2017
From
Exchange Supplies
What a Chemsex Clinic in Paris Taught Me About Saving Drug Users' Lives

Elements of harm reduction are effective and, like PrEP, they are all components of our toolkit. Education, psychotherapy, peer support and a host of other interventions must work in tandem. Can we really afford not to utilize every tool we have to prevent HIV and HCV? For me, keeping clients safe while I work with them to become abstinent is essential. It's not necessary to wait for an HIV and HCV "hotspot" like the one in Indiana to emerge before we take action. Let's check our moral outrage, become fully informed and use every tool possible. Countless lives are at stake.

Published
27 January 2017
From
The Body Pro
Why Voters Who Put Trump in Power Are at High Risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

98 percent of the 220 counties most at risk of HIV and hep C outbreaks voted for Trump.

Published
29 December 2016
From
Poz
High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Overall 14% of deaths among HIV-positive people were due to injury. In contrast, the figure among HIV-negative people was 6%. Furthermore, they stated that “the highest rates of injury among [HIV-positive] people were associated with falls and self-harm.” Among HIV-negative people, the top two causes of injury were “falls and motor vehicle accidents.”

Published
19 December 2016
From
CATIE
Heroin Overdoses Killed More People in US Than HIV, Melanoma or Firearms in 2015

In 2015 at least 13,150 people died of heroin overdose, according to the CDC Wonder database, which houses public health data. That number was higher than the number of people killed in firearm homicides in the same year, which was 12,974, or the number of deaths attributed to HIV, which was 6,465, according to the CDC database.

Published
14 December 2016
From
ABC News
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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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