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Preventing and treating HIV in Saint Petersburg

According to the Centre for AIDS Prevention and Control in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation, fewer people are becoming infected with HIV in the city. “Ten years ago, Saint Petersburg was among the top five most affected cities in the Russian Federation. Now it is only the 14th most affected,” said Denis Gusev, Head Physician of the AIDS centre.

21 February 2018
Michel Kazatchkine: Winds of hope on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?

Much of the media coverage focused on the intransigence of the government of the Russian Federation to changing its prevention policies around HIV/AIDS. However, this focus also obscures the fact that in Eastern Europe and Central Asia which has been much maligned over the past decade for its slowness in responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we are now beginning to see strong hints that public health initiatives based on scientific evidence are taking on a legitimacy across the region.

20 February 2018
How both sides in Ukraine's war are losing the HIV battle

Displacement, aid delivery issues, and different strategies are all feeding a raging epidemic.

16 February 2018
Why Police Backing Is Key To Needle Exchanges

Once almost exclusively found in major cities, a new crop of syringe exchanges has emerged in far-flung locations across the South and Appalachia where the opioid epidemic is taking a heavy toll.

14 February 2018
Huffington Post
Facebook Is Deleting Valuable Drug Harm Reduction Groups

Sesh Safety – a group offering real-time advice to drug users – was permanently deleted recently, which is bad news for everyone.

07 February 2018
Ukraine Expands Opioid Substitution Therapy to Reduce HIV

The Ukrainian government is increasing the scope of the country’s state-funded opioid substitution therapy (OST) programme – a harm reduction tool which reduces the risk of overdose and disease transmission.

07 February 2018
Talking Drugs
SF safe injection sites expected to be first in nation, open around July 1

San Francisco is on track to open its first two safe injection sites this July, a milestone that will likely make the city the first in the country to embrace the controversial model of allowing drug users to shoot up under supervision.

06 February 2018
San Francisco Chronicle
Harm reduction scale-up needed to eliminate HCV in people who inject drugs, European model predicts

Elimination of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs in Europe will require simultaneous scale-up of direct-acting antiviral treatment, needle and syringe programmes (NSP) and

01 February 2018
Keith Alcorn
What’s missing from the conversation about safe injection sites: drug users’ voices

"This is a very top-down process, and that doesn't always reflect what's best for drug users," said one harm reduction activist. Inside the fight to quell Philadelphia's opioid addiction crisis.

26 January 2018
Drug users find safety, community in underground injection facility

Intravenous drug users who inject in a secret U.S. facility where staff provide clean needles and guard against overdoses say they appreciate the site for letting them in off the streets and for its history-shaping role.

16 January 2018
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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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