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Here's One Simple Way We Can Change The Conversation About Drug Abuse

The negative words we use to describe drug addiction -- "clean" vs. "dirty," "patient" vs. "addict" -- can drive some individuals away from the very help they so desperately need. To reduce that stigma, we need to start changing the language for people struggling with a disease. With that goal in mind, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy has drafted a preliminary glossary of suggested language.

Published
05 March 2015
From
Huffington Post
Safe injection facilities: more than just a place to shoot drugs

After more than ten years of experimenting with safe injection facilities in other countries, what additional evidence do we need? Beyond reducing health care and social services costs, a SIF facilitates drug treatment, and can provide bridges to new social networks so that those most ravaged by addiction can become productive members of society.

Published
05 March 2015
From
The Conversation
London HIV Prevention Contract awarded to GMI Partnership & NHS Freedoms Shop

The leading London HIV Prevention provider GMI Partnership led by METRO Charity with Positive East and West London Gay Men's Project and working with NHS Freedoms Shop has been awarded just under £1 million over two years to continue to provide outreach and condom distribution across London to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

Published
03 March 2015
From
Metro Centre press release
PrEP Access For HIV Prevention In Australia A Step Closer As Gilead Applies To TGA

US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences has begun the application process to have Truvada approved for PrEP in Australia, removing one of the most significant hurdles currently preventing access to the HIV-prevention drug and opening the door to affordable access.

Published
03 March 2015
From
Star Observer
Levels of maraviroc in vaginal and rectal tissues may not be high enough for pre-exposure prophylaxis

Levels of the HIV entry inhibitor maraviroc (Celsentri/Selzentry) in vaginal and rectal tissues did not reach high enough levels with a single oral dose to confer protection

Published
02 March 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Are women PrEPared?

Can PreP just be provided to men who have sex with men in the UK? What about others? What about other vulnerable populations, such as black women and migrants? What about trans women? All the data we have here in the UK is about men who have sex with men, and this worries me.

Published
02 March 2015
From
Speaking Up! (blog)
Why should WE pay for gays to have unsafe sex?

Researchers are recommending that healthy gay men should be given an HIV prevention drug free on the NHS at a cost of almost £5,000 a year per person. What kind of ethics is it to save one group of society from a disease that can be prevented by using a £1 condom, while denying cancer sufferers a longer life?

Published
02 March 2015
From
Daily Mail
New Zealand: Caution urged on new HIV prevention info

The NZ AIDS Foundation is advising a very cautious response to new research which is providing more support for an HIV prevention technique whereby men without HIV infection can take HIV medications to reduce the risk of any of the virus entering their bodies becoming an established infection.

Published
02 March 2015
From
GayNZ
New York City Gets Its HIV Act Together

High proportions of New York City residents with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are being diagnosed, receiving care, and seeing their serum viral load plummet to undetectable levels, city health officials reported here.

Published
02 March 2015
From
MedPage Today HIV/AIDS
The varied nature of the US HIV/AIDS epidemic: what makes the South so different?

As of 2011, 38% of all US citizens diagnosed with HIV were from a block of nine states in the south-east, sometimes referred to as “the South”: Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, N. and S. Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Published
02 March 2015
From
BMJ Group blogs

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