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Seattle HIV cluster found in drug users, those without homes

The opioid epidemic and a rising population of people experiencing homelessness have helped fuel an HIV outbreak in North Seattle.

Published
23 April 2019
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Naltrexone implants provide better HIV treatment outcomes for those with HIV and opioid addiction in Russia

A double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial conducted in Russia found that slow-release naltrexone implants resulted in better HIV treatment outcomes for people living with HIV and opioid dependence when compared

Published
19 April 2019
By
Krishen Samuel
Cocaine injecting and homelessness 'behind Glasgow HIV rise'

A rise in cocaine injecting and homelessness are behind a 10-fold increase in HIV infection among drug users in Glasgow, research suggests.

Published
10 April 2019
From
BBC News
HIV Incidence and Risk Behaviours of People Who Inject Drugs in Bangkok, 1995–2012

HIV incidence in people who inject drugs in Bangkok declined from 5.7 per 100 person-years during the cohort study, to 2.7 per 100 person-years in the vaccine trial, to 0.7 per 100 person-years among PrEP study placebo recipients. Incidence peaked at 12.1 per 100 person-years in 1996 and declined to <1.0% during 2005–2012. Several factors likely contributed to the decline, including decreases in the frequency of injecting and sharing, improved access to HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy, and the use of PrEP. Expanding access to effective HIV prevention tools can hasten control of the HIV epidemic among PWID.

Published
01 April 2019
From
The Lancet
EACS Standard of Care meeting report – Tackling HIV and co-infections in Europe: towards common standards

This is the full report from the EACS Standard of Care Meeting. It can also be read in three separate sections here.Eastern Europe continues to have

Published
29 March 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Opioid overdose deaths are rising among people with HIV in the United States

A growing number of people with HIV in the US are dying from opioid overdoses, according to a presentation at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Published
28 March 2019
By
Liz Highleyman
Promises to improve health outcomes for people who inject drugs remain unfulfilled as 99% do not have adequate access to HIV and harm reduction services

New report by UNAIDS highlights the urgent need to implement a human rights and evidence-informed approach to reach people who inject drugs with essential health services.

Published
13 March 2019
From
UNAIDS
Dramatic rise in U.S. opioid deaths as epidemic spreads to eastern states

Long believed to be concentrated among Appalachian states and parts of the Midwest, Alexander's research shows that the crisis has spread. Eastern states have seen a sharp rise in opioid deaths – with Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire and Ohio among the states with the highest rise in opioid-related deaths.

Published
13 March 2019
From
Medical Xpress
EACS takes steps towards a common, auditable European standard of care

The purpose of the European AIDS Clinical Society's (EACS) meeting in January in Bucharest, Romania was to devise consistent, auditable standards of care for HIV, co-infection and

Published
11 March 2019
By
Gus Cairns
Women Have High Syphilis Rates, Too

For women in the general population, the incidence of syphilis is at a 20-year high. But for women with HIV — particularly those who inject drugs — the incidence is 330% higher than that, data from a long-term study show. The biggest indicators of syphilis in women are hepatitis C infection and injection drug use. This means that providers should tailor syphilis screening to women with indicators of injection drug use, particularly in regions of the country hardest hit by injection drug epidemics.

Published
11 March 2019
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
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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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