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Unprecedented extension of Global Gag Rule puts HIV programmes at risk

The Alliance comments: "In implementing this controversial policy, the US government will force organisations to choose between either women’s right to comprehensive health services and advice, or vital support for tens of millions of people living with HIV. This is an impossible dilemma for organisations like ours. We urge the US government to re-evaluate its stance, to ensure that we stay on target to end AIDS by 2030." See also https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/feb/14/bill-and-melinda-gates-trumps-global-gag-rule-endangers-millions-women-girls-us-funding

Published
17 May 2017
From
International HIV/AIDS Alliance
LGB-Focused Resources Help Stressed Teens Cope

Imagining a better future isn't enough to help LGB teens deal with stress related to their sexual orientation, new research finds. However well-intentioned the idea, "It Gets Better" is not the best coping strategy for teens dealing with stress related to their sexual orientation, and, in some cases, it may even do more harm than good, according to a new study led by University of Arizona researcher Russell Toomey. A better method, according to the research, is for teens to seek out organizations, activities and resources focused specifically on the gay, lesbian and bisexual community.

Published
16 May 2017
From
Univesity of Arizona
Hydromorphone works as well as heroin-assisted drug addiction treatment

Hydromorphone was as effective as pharmaceutical heroin for opioid addiction treatment, but it was associated with fewer serious side-effects, according to results from the SALOME trial presented

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
Drug checking reveals high levels of fentanyl contamination in Vancouver street drugs

A pilot project to check the purity of drugs at Vancouver's Insite safe injection facility found that around 80% of tested samples contained fentanyl, and people who

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
AA amyloidosis is an unrecognised problem among people who inject drugs

AA amyloidosis, a condition resulting from skin and soft tissue infections that can lead to kidney failure, may be more common than previously recognised among people who

Published
16 May 2017
By
Liz Highleyman
State HCV Incidence and Policies Related to Preventive Services, and Treatment Services for Persons Who Inject Drugs

The authors of this analysis examined state laws governing access to safe infection equipment and Medicaid policies related to HCV treatment for people who inject drugs (PWID) in all 50 states and DC.

Published
12 May 2017
From
CDC
Protease inhibitor drug suppresses HIV in semen more slowly than drugs from other classes

Protease inhibitors may not be the best class of drug for people newly diagnosed with HIV to start treatment with, if they wish to quickly

Published
12 May 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Indonesian authorities publicly released the results of HIV tests forced on 14 gay men

Human Rights Watch have released a statement denouncing the treatment of the men, stating that the police continue to violate the rights and privacy of LGBTQI people in Indonesia.

Published
11 May 2017
From
SBS
New HRI report warns of HIV and Hepatitis C 'powder keg' in the European Union ahead of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17)

UK based NGO Harm Reduction International (HRI) warns that if the roll back of funding harm reduction services such as needle and syringe programmes and methadone provision in the European Union remained unchecked, renewed spikes in HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) infections amongst people who use drugs were inevitable.

Published
10 May 2017
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HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
From pill to needle: Prescription opioid epidemic may be increasing drug injection

The prescription opioid epidemic is shrinking the time it used to take drug users to progress to drug injection, a new Keck School of Medicine of USC-led study suggests. The study may predict the next national public health threat related to prescription painkiller abuse. 'The prescription opioid epidemic is creating a heroin epidemic, which will create an injection drug use epidemic,' said Ricky Bluthenthal, study lead author.

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09 May 2017
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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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