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Rethinking the Ban — The U.S. Blood Supply and Men Who Have Sex with Men

The ban on donations from men who have sex with men was instituted at a time of public health panic and vast uncertainty, but 31 years later, scientific advances in testing and in understanding of disease transmission offer new tools and better ways than a sweeping ban to minimize the risk of transfusion-related HIV.

Published
17 November 2016
From
New England Journal of Medicine
Global State of Harm Reduction 2016

Services to reduce drug-related harms are failing to keep up with growing need, despite pledges to combat AIDS among people who inject drugs. The drive to scale-up needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy for people who inject drugs has stalled, according to a new report released today by Harm Reduction International (HRI).

Published
17 November 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
Tina and slamming, a report on crystal meth in a sexual context

This report addresses the use of methamphetamine (crystal meth or tina) and slamming (intravenous use). These two phenomenona were never previously encountered or described in the Netherlands. Our study is based upon a desk review of statistical Dutch data, a literature review and 27 in-depth interviews with MSM that use crystal meth.

Published
16 November 2016
From
Mainline
Self-sampling for HIV testing popular with gay men who have not recently tested, but less uptake by African people

Three quarters of those using England’s free self-sampling service are men who have sex with men, with the service particularly popular among younger men and men who

Published
15 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to

Published
15 November 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Where hepatitis C rates are seven times the US average — and a cure is kept out of reach

With the opioid epidemic steamrolling through Appalachia, the new face of hepatitis C is increasingly young, white, and rural. In Kentucky, a state beset by hepatitis C rates seven times the national average, Harvoni and other new hepatitis C drugs remain largely out of reach.

Published
14 November 2016
From
STAT
Grindr, Largest Gay Hookup App, Adds Fields for HIV Status, Undetectable, and PrEP Use

Grindr, a popular app for gay and bisexual men, announced today the addition of optional HIV-related fields in user profiles, such as HIV status (including undetectable), last HIV test date, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use.

Published
10 November 2016
From
The Body
Time for safer injecting spaces in Britain?

With a British city on the brink of establishing an authorised injecting facility, this new hot topic examines the controversy and evidence surrounding drug consumption rooms, bringing you up to speed on what is turning into a touchstone issue for how serious the UK is about extending harm reduction in the recovery era.

Published
09 November 2016
From
Drug & Alcohol Findings
First month after infection is key time to tackle drug-related HIV spread

Data from the mid-1990s AIDS epidemic in Russia and Ukraine shows that the first month after infection is the key period to control the spread of the virus in drug-using populations, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University. Crucially, needle exchange programmes and other 'harm reduction' approaches are the only measures that can target transmissions that happen within the first month.

Published
09 November 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Ukrainian Government to fully finance opioid substitution therapy

The Government of Ukraine has announced that in 2017 it will fully finance from its budget the national opioid substitution therapy programme for people who use drugs, a key population in Ukraine that is at higher risk of HIV infection. Approximately US$ 500 000 will be allocated to enable 8000 people who inject drugs to continue to access the therapy in 2017.

Published
04 November 2016
From
UNAIDS

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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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