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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
PrEP@Home pilot shows monitoring PrEP without clinic visit is feasible and acceptable

A pilot project, PrEP@Home, reduced clinic visits to one a year and demonstrated that men who have sex with men in three US cities were

Published
12 July 2018
By
Keith Alcorn
Trump Agency Is Using Federal HIV Funds to Separate Immigrant Families

“We oppose diverting Ryan White funds to cover a policy that is a violation of basic human decency,” says AIDS United about the report.

Published
11 July 2018
From
Poz
Long-Acting Injectable PrEP Shows Promise in Reducing HIV Transmission

A long-acting injectable version of the popular and highly effective HIV prophylactic could be an effective method to prevent transmission of the virus, according to new research. In a computer model where 35% of gay men in the Atlanta community were taking either injectable or oral PrEP, injectable PrEP reduced HIV infections by 44% and oral PrEP by 33%.

Published
11 July 2018
From
MD Magazine
Failure to provide naloxone at the point of release for most prisoners is putting lives at risk

Those leaving prison having had an opiate problem are seriously at risk of having a life-threatening overdose or dying as a result of one. Both Public Health England (PHE) and the government have been clear in their recommendation that all local areas need to have appropriate naloxone provision in place. However, prisons have so far failed to implement provision at the point of release across much of the estate, and this is putting lives at risk.

Published
11 July 2018
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Drink & Drug News
Online HIV prevention programme reduces STIs by 40% in young men who have sex with men

An interactive online programme, tailored to real-life contexts of ethnically diverse young American men who have sex with men (MSM), resulted in a substantial drop in sexually

Published
10 July 2018
By
Roger Pebody
State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C

State prisons across the U.S. are failing to treat at least 144,000 inmates who have hepatitis C, a curable but potentially fatal liver disease, according to a recent survey and subsequent interviews of state corrections departments.

Published
09 July 2018
From
Kaiser Health News
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
Accountability, Sexual Harassment Concerns In Spotlight At UNAIDS Board Meeting

Accountability and prevention and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power, are high on the minds of delegates attending a three-day meeting of the ruling body of UNAIDS this week in Geneva.

Published
09 July 2018
From
Health Policy Watch
Preventing HIV

A response to Patrick William Kelly's Op-Ed, from Dr. Demetre Daskalakis and Mark Harrington.

Published
09 July 2018
From
New York Times (letter to the editor)
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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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