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Access to opioid agonist therapy in Russia: time for reform (free registration required)

The efforts to halt the spread of HIV in Russia are hindered by the policies of its government, which has scaled back harm reduction efforts and denied access to opioid agonist treatment to 1·8 million people who inject drugs in Russia, many of whom inject opioids.

Published
07 August 2018
From
The Lancet
Harm Reduction International appoints Naomi Burke-Shyne as executive director

Harm Reduction International (HRI) announced today the appointment of Naomi Burke-Shyne as its new executive director. She will take the position on 1 September 2018, replacing Dr Rick Lines who has served as executive director since 2010.

Published
31 July 2018
From
Harm Reduction International
How lessons from HIV/AIDS crisis can apply to the opioid crisis

As someone who participated in AIDS activism in the early 1990s, and now works on ending the overdose deaths, the lens through which I view these parallels begins with this insight: Every public health crisis must be understood as both a medical issue and a social issue. Health care is necessary but not sufficient to reverse the course of an epidemic. We must also fight to remove barriers to access, and tackle the policies that have put so many people in harm’s way.

Published
30 July 2018
From
Philly.com
Supervised drug consumption sites offer opportunities for HCV testing and treatment

Most supervised drug consumption facilities offer hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and referrals, but very few offer treatment, indicating that they could potentially play a greater role in

Published
27 July 2018
By
Liz Highleyman
Series of HIV outbreaks in people who inject drugs shows that ‘complacency is the new problem’

There have been outbreaks of rapid HIV transmission among people who inject drugs in Athens, Bucharest, Dublin, Glasgow, Luxembourg, Tel Aviv, Saskatchewan (Canada) and Scott County (Indiana,

Published
27 July 2018
By
Roger Pebody
Ukraine’s war on drugs drives HIV epidemic

Punitive approachs to opioid users across Ukraine and the wider region are driving an epidemic.

Published
24 July 2018
From
New Internationalist
France: the changing characteristics of people living with HIV on hepatitis C treatment

People living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) who have a history of injecting drug use are being offered less effective, but cheaper, HCV medication than other people with HIV/HCV co-infections, new research from France finds.

Published
17 July 2018
From
AVERT
Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity.

Published
12 July 2018
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Glasgow's major HIV outbreak amongst people who inject drugs shows no sign of slowing

In 2015, an HIV outbreak was detected amongst people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Glasgow. Three years on the outbreak has still not been controlled, and over 100 PWIDs in Scotland have been diagnosed with HIV. There are a number of policy issues that are impacting upon efforts to control the outbreak. This includes the closure of one of the main needle exchange services in Glasgow and the UK Government currently preventing the opening of a Drug Consumption Room (DCR) in the city.

Published
09 July 2018
From
NAT
Anger at Scotland's record toll of preventable drug deaths

Drug workers insist deaths are avoidable and have condemned a UK Government block on practical, life-saving proposals such as the shelved plan for Glasgow consumption rooms.

Published
04 July 2018
From
Herald Scotland

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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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