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Half the picture – beyond drug overdose as a cause of death in opioid using people

While overdoses remain the largest cause of death in opioid users there are other causes which providers, commissioners and policy makers need to be conscious of particularly amongst older drug users, including liver disease, smoking related diseases, homicide and suicide.

Published
30 January 2015
From
DrugScope
Could a Syriza Win Spell Good News for Harm Reduction in Greece?

Greece's left-wing Syriza party looks set to win the country's upcoming election on the platform of alleviating the economic crisis that has brought Greece to its knees and stoked an HIV epidemic among drug users. Could this mark a turning point for harm reduction services and marginalized groups?

Published
26 January 2015
From
Talking Drugs
The tale of HIV “dirtiness”, gay sex, and society

After decades of education and advocacy, it would be reasonable to assume, that the notion of dirtiness in relation to HIV has diminished from our society. However, I would argue that this is not the case, especially if we look into dating apps / websites and the deployment of PrEP.

Published
26 January 2015
From
JZ (blog)
HIV sweeps across eastern Europe amid economic crisis

HIV is spreading at a dangerous rate in nations around the Black Sea, passing a record 100,000 new cases yearly. Hotspots for the HIV rise are Ukraine and Russia - two countries facing economic crisis and armed conflict, factors which could provoke a further surge in the virus.

Published
26 January 2015
From
EUobserver
Low CD4 count, suboptimal HIV treatment linked to higher anal cancer risk

People with HIV who experienced extensive immune deficiency or who used early antiretroviral drugs before the advent of combination highly-active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the mid-90s may be at greater risk for developing anal cancer, according to a retrospective analysis published in the January 28 edition of AIDS.

Published
23 January 2015
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Ukrainian drug addicts dying due to treatment ban, says UN

As many as 100 drug users in Crimea may have died since the peninsula was annexed by Russia, according to a top UN official, due to fact that the “substitution therapy” they were receiving from Ukrainian authorities being illegal under Russian law.

Published
23 January 2015
From
The Guardian
Ugandan gays go Bombastic

The front cover of Uganda's first ever gay magazine shows a man donning purple feathers and a glittering mask above a rainbow and the words: "Our Voices, Our Stories, Our Lives." Bombastic is distributed for free by Uganda's gay community, which has also launched an online radio station, Kuchu Radio, in a bid to fight prejudice.

Published
21 January 2015
From
DPA International
The Quest Workshop for Black and Minority Ethnic Gay and Bisexual Men

Public Health England (PHE) has commissioned The Quest to deliver its flagship “The Quest Workshop”, aimed at reducing health risk behaviour and building resilience, to Black African, Black Caribbean, mixed Black and other ethnicity (BME) gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM). As part of the project, The Quest will be delivering two workshops in London and one in Manchester. The first set of workshops will be taking place in March 2015.

Published
21 January 2015
From
The Quest
Uganda: High Hopes Ahead of Microbicide Trial Results

HIV/Aids researchers are anticipating positive results from a large-scale trial assessing the efficacy of a vaginal microbicide gel in preventing HIV infection in women.

Published
21 January 2015
From
AllAfrica.com
New EMCDDA review studies the effectiveness of overdose antidote, naloxone

Can naloxone provided in the community help reduce the thousands of drug-induced deaths recorded in Europe every year? This is the question explored by the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) in a new paper released today: Preventing fatal overdoses: a systematic review of the effectiveness of take-home naloxone.

Published
20 January 2015
From
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
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