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  • Access to opioid agonist therapy in Russia: time for reform (free registration required)

    The efforts to halt the spread of HIV in Russia are hindered by the policies of its government, which has scaled back harm reduction efforts and denied access to opioid agonist treatment to 1·8 million people who inject drugs in Russia, many of whom inject opioids.

    07 August 2018 | The Lancet
  • Harm Reduction International appoints Naomi Burke-Shyne as executive director

    Harm Reduction International (HRI) announced today the appointment of Naomi Burke-Shyne as its new executive director. She will take the position on 1 September 2018, replacing Dr Rick Lines who has served as executive director since 2010.

    31 July 2018 | Harm Reduction International
  • How lessons from HIV/AIDS crisis can apply to the opioid crisis

    As someone who participated in AIDS activism in the early 1990s, and now works on ending the overdose deaths, the lens through which I view these parallels begins with this insight: Every public health crisis must be understood as both a medical issue and a social issue. Health care is necessary but not sufficient to reverse the course of an epidemic. We must also fight to remove barriers to access, and tackle the policies that have put so many people in harm’s way.

    30 July 2018 |
  • Ukraine’s war on drugs drives HIV epidemic

    Punitive approachs to opioid users across Ukraine and the wider region are driving an epidemic.

    24 July 2018 | New Internationalist
  • France: people who inject drugs often given cheaper, less effective, hepatitis C medication

    People living with HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) who have a history of injecting drug use are being offered less effective, but cheaper, HCV medication than other people with HIV/HCV co-infections, new research from France finds.

    17 July 2018 | AVERT
  • Hepatitis C vaccine could dramatically reduce transmission in people who inject drugs

    Among the most serious consequences of the opioid epidemic is the spread of hepatitis C among injecting drug users. A study published in Science Translational Medicine shows that if a hepatitis C vaccine were successfully developed, it would dramatically reduce transmission of hepatitis C among drug users -- even though it's unlikely such a vaccine would provide complete immunity.

    12 July 2018 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • Glasgow's major HIV outbreak amongst people who inject drugs shows no sign of slowing

    In 2015, an HIV outbreak was detected amongst people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in Glasgow. Three years on the outbreak has still not been controlled, and over 100 PWIDs in Scotland have been diagnosed with HIV. There are a number of policy issues that are impacting upon efforts to control the outbreak. This includes the closure of one of the main needle exchange services in Glasgow and the UK Government currently preventing the opening of a Drug Consumption Room (DCR) in the city.

    09 July 2018 | NAT
  • Anger at Scotland's record toll of preventable drug deaths

    Drug workers insist deaths are avoidable and have condemned a UK Government block on practical, life-saving proposals such as the shelved plan for Glasgow consumption rooms.

    04 July 2018 | Herald Scotland
  • Scots drug deaths hit new record high

    Drug deaths in Scotland hit a new record high in 2017, having more than doubled in a decade. New figures from the National Records of Scotland showed that 934 drug-related deaths were recorded in 2017.

    04 July 2018 | BBC News
  • Why are drug-related deaths among women increasing in Scotland?

    Drug-related deaths have increased significantly in Scotland in recent years. Although men still account for the majority of cases, over the last 10 years the percentage increase in deaths among women has been much greater than among men. This report draws on routine data, published research, conversations with professional stakeholders, and interviews with women with lived experience of problem drug use to examine potential explanations for this phenomenon, and to identify priority areas for future work.

    02 July 2018 | Scottish Government
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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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