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Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Higher Death Risk Among HIV-Positive Individuals

Long-term opioid use conferred a 40% higher death risk in a prospective study of U.S. veterans with or without HIV. The heightened risk ran to 46% in veterans with HIV compared with 25% in those without HIV. Long-term benzodiazepine use also inflated death risk in this population.

Published
17 June 2015
From
The Body
Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

Published
09 June 2015
From
University of British Columbia press release
Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Key Correspondents
How does a ‘human rights based approach’ work out on the ground? Lessons from South Africa

While international rhetoric on HIV and AIDS frequently invokes human rights, putting these ideas into practice in specific settings remains challenging, according to a process evaluation of

Published
29 October 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Aging with HIV and AIDS: A growing social issue

As the first people with HIV grow old, a new study from St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto questions whether the health care system and other government policies are prepared to meet their complex medical and social needs. The study finds that aging for people with HIV may be more challenging than for the general population because of HIV-related stigma, loss of friends and social networks, and the detrimental health effects of the virus and medications taken to combat the virus.

Published
26 June 2014
From
EurekAlert
Community caregivers: the backbone of HIV care and support programmes

Community caregivers are the backbone of effective HIV care and support programmes according to a multi-country study funded by UNAIDS and Cordaid and conducted by the Caregivers Action Network (CAN) and Cordaid.

Published
09 September 2013
From
UNAIDS
HIV in Thailand: how we moved our Aids care into the community

Usanee Janngeon writes about the evolution of her organisation – from a hospice that was 'a dumping ground for the dying', to offering all-inclusive home-based care.

Published
10 July 2013
From
The Guardian
Ukraine: New Breakthrough for Incurably Ill

Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers’ approval of new regulations on access to pain medicines will dramatically expand healthcare services for patients with incurable illnesses and reduce unnecessary suffering, Human Rights Watch said today.

Published
15 May 2013
From
Human Rights Watch Health
Pain and worry common problems for people with HIV receiving palliative care in Africa

People with HIV receiving palliative care have high levels of physical and psychological problems, according to the results of a study conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and published

Published
02 October 2012
By
Michael Carter
Patients with pain have poorer engagement with HIV care

Pain in people with HIV is associated with an increased risk of missed appointments, investigators from the US report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
22 August 2012
By
Michael Carter
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