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Heroin combined with fentanyl is driving overdose crisis in US

New sources of heroin and increasing adulteration with fentanyl and other stronger analogues are contributing to a growing epidemic of opioid overdose deaths in several regions of

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Injecting drug use increases worldwide, but no increases in needle and syringe programmes

Despite reports of expanding rates of injecting drug use in a new list of countries around the world, no new countries have established needle and syringe programmes

Published
24 May 2017
By
Susie McLean
Indonesian buyers club helps people obtain generic hepatitis C treatment

A community-led buyers club in Indonesia has helped more than 100 people get generic direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs to treat hepatitis C and is seeing a high

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Taiwan becomes first country in Asia to rule in favour of same-sex marriage

Taiwan has become the first Asian country to order its parliament to legalise same-sex marriage. The highest court in the land has ruled that Article 972 of the Civil Code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

Published
24 May 2017
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Pink News
Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers

Women sex workers who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD were less likely to think about or attempt suicide, while some other drugs increased the risk, according

Published
24 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Hong Kong could see 35 per cent surge in HIV cases by 2021, report says

The number of Hongkongers living with HIV is expected to surge by 35 per cent in the coming four years, with 74 per cent of infections taking place among men who have sex with men, according to the latest report by the government’s Advisory Council on AIDS.

Published
22 May 2017
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South China Morning Post
PrEP in the Transgender Population: New Study to Examine Effects

Transgender women are a fast-growing and disenfranchised population of HIV-positive people in the United States, but few opportunities are available for transgender individuals to be involved in HIV research. Including the transgender community in HIV studies is necessary to design preventive and curative approaches that can be applied across the entire spectrum of genders.

Published
22 May 2017
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Infectious Disease Advisor
Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to

Published
22 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Hepatitis C virus reinfection is uncommon after being cured with DAAs

Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during

Published
19 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Yes, Drug Laws Absolutely Hurt HIV Prevention and Treatment, Study Confirms

A newly published report in Lancet HIV confirms the long-suspected assertion that the war on drugs is only making matters worse. The study, the first scientific review on this issue, provides concrete evidence that drug laws are harmful to preventing and treating HIV.

Published
18 May 2017
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Newsweek
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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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