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Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease. With that goal in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has drafted a preliminary glossary of suggested language.

Published
05 March 2015
From
Huffington Post
Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs

After more than ten years of experimenting with safe injection facilities in other countries, what additional evidence do we need? Beyond reducing health care and social services costs, a SIF facilitates drug treatment, and can provide bridges to new social networks so that those most ravaged by addiction can become productive members of society.

Published
05 March 2015
From
The Conversation
Black, gay and invisible?

Visibility and representation of black and minority ethnic men (BME) within the gay community is a key issue in a new report from Public Health England. We've invited four men to give their experience of both being gay and belonging to an ethnic minority in the UK.

Published
03 March 2015
From
QX
Are women PrEPared?

Can PreP just be provided to men who have sex with men in the UK? What about others? What about other vulnerable populations, such as black women and migrants? What about trans women? All the data we have here in the UK is about men who have sex with men, and this worries me.

Published
02 March 2015
From
Speaking Up! (blog)
HIV stigma drives sex work in Northern Kenya

When Zeinab left her home village in Northern Kenya to look for a job, she had one thing in mind; work hard to help her struggling family. But her plans were destroyed by something that would keep her from home for the rest of her life.

Published
27 February 2015
From
Key Correspondents
No HIV transmissions from HIV-positive partner seen in Australian gay couples study

An Australian-based study of gay male couples of opposite HIV status (serodifferent couples) has so far seen no transmissions from the HIV-positive partner within the couple in

Published
27 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Sexual Transmission of HCV in Gay Men Should Not Be a PrEP Deterrent, Say Advocates

After two men on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center tested positive for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), clinicians at the center penned a letter to the editor of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases calling for routine HCV testing in gay men who are currently on PrEP. The two men were among 485 HIV-negative gay men receiving PrEP at the clinic between 2011 and 2014.

Published
26 February 2015
From
The Body
Auto-Disable Syringes Are Not For Needle Programmes

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched new guidelines on medical injections and a global campaign to switch all medical and vaccination injections to syringes that cannot be used more than once. However, these recommendations and this campaign explicitly do not apply to needle and syringe programmes for people who inject drugs.

Published
26 February 2015
From
National Needle Exchange Forum
Week-on, weekend-off treatment controls viral load in young people

Taking an efavirenz-based antiretroviral regimen during the week and taking no medication on two days over the weekend was just as effective as daily treatment in controlling

Published
25 February 2015
By
Keith Alcorn
PrEP use rising in San Francisco, but scaling up could further cut new infections

Use of Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine) pre-exposure prophylaxis, better known as PrEP, is increasing in San Francisco, but it is still only reaching about one-third of people who could benefit,

Published
25 February 2015
By
Liz Highleyman

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