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HIV Outbreak In Indiana: DEA Arrests 10 People Tied To Disease Spread, Warns Against Prescription Painkillers

On Feb. 5, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Indiana announced the arrest of ten individuals who collectively orchestrated the distribution of drugs, primarily prescription painkillers and methamphetamine, to Scott County. The painkiller pills were then ground up and used intravenously. From there, it’s believed the sharing of HIV-infected needles spurned an outbreak; while Scott Country previously had an average of less than 10 new HIV cases annually, the last 13 months has seen 188 new cases.

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5 hours ago
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Medical Daily
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Combatting Stigma & Cultural Stereotypes

African-Americans are infected with HIV at eight times the rate of white Americans and accounted for 44 percent of HIV diagnoses in 2014.

Published
08 February 2016
From
NewsOne
God and condoms: perspectives on family planning and faith

The subject of contraception is a hot topic in faith communities, which made for some exciting discussions at the recent International Conference on Family Planning in Indonesia. The conference heard that contrary to popular belief, many faith-based organisations do support family planning as a process that helps improve people’s quality of life. For the first time, around 80 representatives from different faith groups attending the conference spoke of their commitment to continue informing and educating their communities on family planning. The consensus was that it is consistent with faith values, in order to protect the rights of women, children and families.

Published
05 February 2016
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Key Correspondents
Combination nanotherapy drastically reduces the amount of HIV produced by cells in mice

A combination of fine-particle formulations of the drugs atazanavir and ritonavir, plus an immune-dampener drug designed to induce cells to keep hold of the drugs for longer,

Published
05 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
South Africa: Police hamper HIV prevention efforts with drug users

Daily police harassment is undermining HIV prevention efforts among people who inject drugs, according to the TB/HIV Care Association (THCA). The association has recorded almost 250 “abuse” cases among this group in just three months, according to a report released today.

Published
04 February 2016
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Health-e
US: Study shows direct link between state spending habits and AIDS deaths

American states with higher spending on social services and public health -- such as education and income support -- per person living in poverty (according to the federal poverty threshold) had significantly lower HIV/AIDS case rates and fewer AIDS deaths.

Published
04 February 2016
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Eurekalert Inf Dis
People Are So Desperate For The Drug That Blocks HIV They're “Cheating” The NHS

It’s called “clinic hopping” and involves lying to doctors to get the drug Truvada. Those involved spoke to BuzzFeed News about the lengths they’ll go to for PrEP – and why.

Published
04 February 2016
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BuzzFeed News
Prison needle programs touted to reduce HIV and Hep C

Researchers hope new government's "evidence-based" outlook will open door for safe injection programs in Canadian jails.

Published
03 February 2016
From
Toronto Star
President Obama seeks $1.1 billion to fight heroin and opiate epidemic

As heroin- and opioid-related deaths have reached unprecedented levels in the United States, President Barack Obama has asked for an additional $1.1 billion to fund treatment of heroin and opiate addiction. The majority of the money would go toward working with states to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction, according to the proposal.

Published
03 February 2016
From
The Independent
Activists United and Ignited by Urgency for HIV Prevention in Europe: EATG and AVAC call for the rollout of PrEP as a proven HIV prevention strategy

Initiated and organised entirely by the community of people living with and at risk for HIV, the second European HIV Prevention Summit brought together representatives of civil society, the pharmaceutical industry, researchers and academia in Brussels between 29 and 31 January. In addition to a thorough examination of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the summit discussed the latest developments in the research fields of vaccines, rectal and vaginal microbicides and antibodies and their utility in HIV prevention.

Published
03 February 2016
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