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NHS urgently needs to make PrEP available, say HIV prevention organisations

A group of community organisations working on HIV prevention have called for the NHS to speed up it processes and make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available to those

Published
3 hours ago
By
Roger Pebody
Why the UK’s drug strategy should remain a Home Office responsibility

Handing the reins to the Department of Health might seem a liberal-minded approach, but it could mean less is spent on treatment. Drug use simply doesn’t cause as much ill-health as other risky behaviours, so isn't prioritised by health officials. But it is seen as a major cause of crime.

Published
6 hours ago
From
The Guardian
Rumours of the demise of HIV have been greatly exaggerated

Two years ago, the “beginning of the end” of AIDS was announced. It included the promise of reducing HIV transmission by reducing the amount of infectious virus in the population. But disease control will fail unless we understand and plan for its translation within complex and adaptive systems. People take up technologies and use them in unanticipated ways. Cultures develop resistance in the same way that bacteria do. We will only ever approach the beginning of the end of AIDS if and when we bear these things in mind.

Published
11 hours ago
From
The Conversation
AIDS is No. 1 Killer of African Teenagers

HIV among teenagers is devastating families in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, where AIDS has become the leading cause of death among adolescents. One reason for this shocking teen death toll is the low number of adolescents on antiretroviral treatment (ART).

Published
11 hours ago
From
Inter Press Service
DrugScope responds to Iain Duncan Smith's comments about methadone

A response to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions' article "Now fight the methadone industry that keeps addicts hooked".

Published
11 hours ago
From
DrugScope
Narrow Time Window Exists to Start HIV Therapy, Study Shows

HIV-1-infected U.S. military members and beneficiaries treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) soon after infection were half as likely to develop AIDS and were more likely to reconstitute their immune-fighting CD4+ T-cells to normal levels, researchers reported Nov. 24 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Published
12 hours ago
From
Infection Control Today
Why heroin has made a comeback in America

Last year nearly 700,000 Americans took the drug, twice as many as a decade ago. It is now more popular than crack, by some measures. What explains heroin’s return?

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Economist
Invisible sexuality: older adults missing in sexual health research

The Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR), the latest findings of which were released recently, has much to commend it. Like its counterpart, the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL), it provides an illustration of sexual practices of today’s adults. Both studies leave out a significant proportion of the population – older adults.

Published
24 November 2014
From
The Conversation
World AIDS Day Comes Early: UNAIDS Report has bold vision, key messages—but needs more precision on HIV prevention

In broad strokes, UNAIDS has the right message, with the right vision, at the right time. But an effective response depends on strategy, details, milestones, resources and specifics—and these are still lacking.

Published
24 November 2014
From
AVAC
Positive response to 'gift tokens for undetectable viral load' trial

A US study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference found generally positive responses among people with HIV and clinic staff to a trial that

Published
24 November 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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