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A Look Inside Cape Town’s Only Harm Reduction Project

Last month, I was lucky enough to take part in the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa. Though harm reduction, and the rights of people who use drugs were almost non-existent on the conference agenda, I managed to visit a harm reduction project working in Cape Town, South Africa and see what services are available in the country.

Published
18 August 2016
From
Talking Drugs
Most contraceptives not linked to HIV infection, but Depo-Provera may raise risk

Birth control pills and some types of injectable and implanted contraceptives were not associated with an increased risk of HIV acquisition in an updated meta-analysis that included

Published
17 August 2016
By
Liz Highleyman
World’s Largest Drug Consumption Room Opens in Copenhagen

The world’s largest drug consumption room (DCR) has opened in Copenhagen, offering a safe and supervised environment for people to use illicit drugs.

Published
16 August 2016
From
Talking Drugs
The end of the end of AIDS

The Durban 2016 AIDS Conference marks the end of "ending the HIV epidemic" as a feasible goal with the tools we have. We need new and better tools. Talk of ending AIDS has led to a widespread perception in the broader health and development community that this crisis is over. It isn't.

Published
16 August 2016
From
World Bank (blog)
Have your say on PrEP – Londoners urged to voice their opinions

Londoners are being urged to share their views and opinions on PrEP with NHS England. Councillor Teresa O’Neill OBE, London Councils’ Executive member for health, stressed the importance of Londoners sharing their views as a large portion of those living with HIV reside in the capital. “We are concerned that NHS England, by arguing it is not responsible for funding PrEP, is trying to shift costs to local authorities."

Published
16 August 2016
From
Gay Times
HIV/AIDS: Filarial worm infections double the risk of infection

Since the start of the HIV epidemic, there have been speculations as to why HIV and the immunodeficiency syndrome it causes have spread so much more in Africa than in other countries around the world. Scientists have now, for the first time, confirmed one reason for this: in a cohort study conducted in Tanzania, they discovered that an infection with the filarial nematode Wuchereria bancrofti increases the risk of HIV infection by two to three fold.

Published
16 August 2016
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

Recent studies show an increase in unprotected sex amongst HIV-negative gay men. Why are some of us ditching condoms? And in a world of treatment, undetectability and PrEP, is this the start of generation bareback?

Published
15 August 2016
From
FS
Time for Safer Spaces

I spent a day this week walking around Birmingham with my camera, photographing the environments which people are forced to use in order to inject drugs. Seeing where some people are injecting really makes it clear that we need a real push to get drug consumption rooms started.

Published
15 August 2016
From
Injecting Advice
As Trump Vice President, Mike Pence Would Be a Nightmare for People With HIV

There is nothing in Mike Pence's statements or actions to suggest that he has learned anything from the HIV outbreak that ran rampant through Scott County, Indiana, when he governed the state. As one indication of his HIV priorities, his advocacy for LGBT conversion therapy while in the U.S. House of Representatives included proposing that the Ryan White Care Act be reauthorized only if monies were redirected towards organizations "which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior."

Published
15 August 2016
From
The Body
Mike Freer: Evaluating this anti-HIV drug should be based on clinical effectiveness – not prejudice over life choices

If we can fund the contraceptive pill, we can fund PrEP. Funding for drugs should only ever be based on clinical evaluation, cost effectiveness and the impact on society more widely. Each one of those criteria have been met in my mind, and for this reason NHS England should move in the direction of funding PrEP.

Published
15 August 2016
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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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