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New PEPFAR guidance authorises funding for needle exchange and wide range of services for people who inject drugs.

The new guidance allows PEPFAR support for a comprehensive package of prevention services scientifically demonstrated to decrease HIV infection risk without increasing drug use, including needle and syringe programs (NSPs) and expansion of methadone and other medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to HIV-negative IDUs.

Published
19 July 2010
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PEPFAR
Limits to methadone prescription proposed by UK drugs agency

Strict limits on how long drug addicts are allowed to stay on heroin substitute methadone have been proposed by the government body responsible for treatment strategy, in what will be seen as a watershed in UK drugs policy.

Published
19 July 2010
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The Guardian
Why is Ukraine reversing HIV policy? | Diederik Lohman

Ukraine appears to be slipiing backwards in its HIV prevention policies as it criminalises drug users. Is it following Russia's lead?

Published
18 July 2010
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The Guardian
New Trend Increases HIV Risk for Heroin Users

Heroin users in some African countries are injecting themselves with blood from other drug users in order to eke out drug supplies, a practice known as flashblood or flushblood, the New York Times reports.

Published
17 July 2010
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New York Times
Vienna declaration calls for science-based drug policies

Three leading scientific and health policy organizations this week launched a global drive for signatories to the Vienna Declaration, a statement seeking to improve community

Published
30 June 2010
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Press Release
Collaborative TB and HIV services for drug users

Review of implementing collaborative TB/HIV activities for injecting drug users, with case studies from Brazil, Ukraine, Zanzibar and India. 

Published
28 May 2010
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HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Harm reduction and human rights

Harm reduction for injecting drug users, including clean needles and syringes and opiate substitution therapy, is extremely limited in some regions of the world. Harm reduction

Published
28 May 2010
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HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Most hepatitis C infections amongst gay men in Sydney linked to injecting drug use

Injecting drug use is the behaviour most associated with hepatitis C virus infection in both HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men in Sydney, a study published

Published
25 October 2009
By
Michael Carter
Chinese HIV prevention with drug users undermined by police

Chinese police and security forces are driving injecting drug users away from prevention services, undermining the country’s efforts to contain a growing epidemic among China’s

Published
11 December 2008
By
Keith Alcorn
HIV seroconversion illness different in injecting drug users

Injecting drug users are less likely to present with fever and rash, the two most common symptoms associated with HIV seroconversion, according to a review

Published
05 November 2002
By
Keith Alcorn
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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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