Harm reduction programmes and practices aim to reduce the harms associated with drug use. These include needle and syringe programmes, opioid substitution therapy, drug consumption rooms and overdose prevention.

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  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4
  • Safer drug use

    HIV and other blood-borne viruses can be transmitted via unsafe injecting practices. These unsafe practices include sharing injecting equipment such as water, spoons and filters, but the most...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

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  • Sexual minorities more likely to suffer severe substance use disorders

    Researchers know that lesbian, gay and bisexual individuals are more likely than heterosexuals to use alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, but until now they didn't know to what degree.

    15 January 2019 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Harm reduction worldwide has ‘stalled’, warns Harm Reduction International

    The number of countries providing harm reduction initiatives has stalled in the last two years, according to Harm Reduction International’s (HRI) Global state of harm reduction 2018 report.

    13 December 2018 | Drink & Drug News
  • Bulgarian Harm Reduction Drown in Bureaucracy: Interview with Yuliya Georgieva

    The news came as a shock: all harm reduction programs were terminated this year in Bulgaria, an EU member state. Why? Yuliya Georgieva, a veteran Bulgarian harm reduction activist from the Centre for Humane Policy and the new co-chair of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association, answered our questions.

    07 December 2018 | Drug Reporter
  • 8 Lessons Learned at the European Harm Reduction Conference

    The 4th European Harm Reduction Conference took place in Bucharest on 21-23 November, 2018. Please watch the video report we made at the event – and read about some of the messages we could take home.

    04 December 2018 | Drug Reporter
  • Mike Pence’s HIV/AIDS Hypocrisy

    The vice president says he’s ready to fight HIV, but his record says otherwise.

    29 November 2018 | Huffington Post (video)
  • Stigma means Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise

    Stigma around homosexuality and drug use means Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts have said, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    29 November 2018 | The Guardian
  • Russia risks HIV epidemic as cases rise - experts

    Russia and some former Soviet Union countries risk developing out-of-control HIV epidemics, experts said on Wednesday, after data showed a record number of new cases last year.

    28 November 2018 | Reuters
  • This City’s Overdose Deaths Have Plunged. Can Others Learn From It?

    Dayton, Ohio, had one of the highest overdose death rates in the nation in 2017. The city made many changes, and fatal overdoses are down more than 50 percent from last year.

    26 November 2018 | New York Times
  • Naloxone rescue kits empowering peers of drug users to ‘save lives’ in Scotland

    Complementing the considerable body of evidence that take-home naloxone can save lives, this study provides the first detailed insights into how people who inject drugs experience administering naloxone to their peers. Though participants were apprehensive at first, after seeing naloxone work they started to view their own role as ‘lifesaver’. This ground-breaking study reveals how naloxone programmes position people who inject drugs as responsible and important community public health resources.

    23 November 2018 | Drug & Alcohol Findings
  • Safer Consumption Spaces: Three Underground Models

    In Seattle there are three underground groups that have each set up safe spaces for people to use drugs. They are vastly different from each other and have completely different policies; they therefore illustrate a diverse range of possibilities for what a drug users’ safe space can be.

    22 November 2018 | Filter
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