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To end HIV in drug users, stop chasing the dream of a drug-free world

Why does ‘harm reduction’ continue to be such a problem for global drug policy when it’s a proven way of reducing cases of HIV?

Published
22 March 2016
From
The Guardian
Terrence Higgins Trust chief executive forced out after bullying campaign, tribunal hears

Dr Rosemary Gillespie claims trustees at Britain's biggest HIV charity ignored alleged sexual misconduct and 'potentially criminal behaviour'.

Published
18 March 2016
From
Telegraph
Vancouver’s injection sites a potential model for other cities: advocates

As more North American cities push for supervised injection sites to address soaring fatal overdose rates, they can find a dozen years of lessons in Vancouver, which has the only such facilities on the continent. Health officials in several Canadian cities – including Montreal, Victoria and, most recently, Toronto – are somewhere along the path to opening their own supervised injection sites, emboldened by a Supreme Court of Canada ruling and the election last year of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Globe & Mail
Poppers 'will remain legal' despite ban on legal highs

A review by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs has found that akyl nitrates are 'not psychoactive' under the terms of the new Psychoactive Substances Act.

Published
17 March 2016
From
Telegraph
The case for a harm reduction decade

HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. The "Case for a Harm Reduction Decade" report shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Click www.harmreductiondecade.org to visit the Harm Reduction Decade website and to sign the Kuala Lumpur declaration.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Harm Reduction International
People with HIV in Asia ejected from hospitals, study says

Some health workers in Asia are refusing to perform surgery and provide services for people living with HIV, and are even expelling patients from hospitals and forcing women to undergo sterilisation, according to grassroots organisations. In China and Vietnam, discrimination took the form of changing the recommended option for treatment from surgery to topical or oral medication, said the four-country study supported by Asia Catalyst, which provides management training for community-based health organisations.

Published
16 March 2016
From
Thomson Reuters Foundation
HIV activists fear UN 'War on Drugs' conference is already doomed

On April 19, the UN is set to hold its first major conference on drugs policies in nearly 20 years. But activists are warning that certain member states are clinging to status quo policies that have failed in the past and will fail in the future.

Published
16 March 2016
From
FRANCE 24
Free ARVs are not enough: the hidden costs of treating HIV in Nigeria

The Nigerian government’s decision to provide antiretrovirals freely as part of HIV programmes at the country’s health facilities has dramatically improved the uptake of treatment. But it has not been enough to eliminate the high and sometimes inequitable economic burden of HIV/AIDS on households. Exorbitant food and transport costs, as well as the costs of illnesses linked to HIV, hinder full access to treatment services. Households end up having to fork out money they don’t necessarily have.

Published
15 March 2016
From
The Conversation
Decriminalising drugs is not just talk – meet the countries actually experimenting with it

Faced with a mountain of human rights abuses caused by criminalising people who use drugs, some states are turning their backs on punitive approaches. But where can they turn to?

Published
15 March 2016
From
Open Democracy
Michelangelo Signorile: How Nancy Reagan Finally Started a Conversation About AIDS - 35 Years Later

This election cycle, it took Nancy Reagan 's death, ironically, to get a discussion going among the candidates about an issue important to LGBT people. But there's more to talk about on that issue -- actually talk, beyond the position papers -- and there are more issues affecting LGBT people to have a dialogue about.

Published
15 March 2016
From
Huffington Post

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