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Another Adverse Effect of the Opioid Epidemic: Hepatitis C Infections

Amid the ongoing opioid epidemic, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection should be at the forefront of health care providers’ minds. Although HCV has been widely viewed as predominantly affecting baby boomers—those born between 1945 and 1965—a younger generation is experiencing increased incidence of infection.

Published
20 June 2018
From
Contagion Live
The End of AIDS: Far from Over

The tools exist. HIV/AIDS can be treated and contained. But in many communities, social, political and economic obstacles get in the way. There, the epidemic is far from over. PBS Newshour reports from Russian, Nigeria and Florida.

Published
12 June 2018
From
PBS NewsHour
Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better

Almost anywhere in the world, an HIV-infected woman who has an uninfected partner and wants to have a baby would be first in line to receive ARVs. The challenges Katia faced in getting treatment amid Russia’s epidemic highlight the country’s faltering response, which critics have blasted as misguided, lackadaisical, and downright dismissive. Some federal health officials even question the term epidemic. “This is a very large and very serious epidemic, and certainly one of the few epidemics in the world that continues to get worse rather than get better,” says Vinay Saldanha, the Moscow-based regional director for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “This is a public health crisis.”

Published
12 June 2018
From
Science
In the face of a misguided response to HIV/AIDS in Russia, these bright stars are taking charge

In 2015, Pavel Lobkov, a news anchor on TV Rain, an independent station in Moscow, confronted a predicament unlike any he had faced in more than 2 decades working as a journalist. It was World AIDS Day, and he was slated to host a show. His guest was the head of the Federal Center for the Prevention and Control of the Spread of AIDS, Vadim Pokrovsky. For 12 years, Lobkov had been Pokrovsky’s patient.

Published
12 June 2018
From
Science
UK Government accepts drugs fix rooms WILL work - but won't allow Glasgow to open one

The UK Government has accepted the benefits of a safe drug injecting room for Glasgow - but is still refusing to give it the go ahead.

Published
04 June 2018
From
Glasgow Evening Times
Durban cuts city's only needle exchange programme

Hundreds of people in the South African city could be at risk of contracting HIV and hepatitis as the metro cuts the only prevention programme for drug users.

Published
01 June 2018
From
Bhekisisa
New funding aimed at reducing HIV and hep C infection rates among drug users

The federal government is calling for proposals to reduce HIV and hepatitis C infection rates among drug users who share needles, pipes and other drug-use equipment. The initiative is part of a $30 million, five-year Harm Reduction Fund set up by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Published
29 May 2018
From
CBC
Canada reveals needle exchange programme in prisons

Following pressure from activists, the Canadian Government announced two federal prisons will offer a needle exchange programme before a national roll-out.

Published
25 May 2018
From
The Lancet (requires free registration)
Las Vegas' Needle Exchange Vending Machines Are A First In The U.S.

Needle exchanges provide people with drug addictions a place to turn in used needles and get new ones while working to prevent outbreaks of hepatitis and HIV. In 2017, Las Vegas installed three vending machines to dispense free, unused needles.

Published
15 May 2018
From
WBUR
Revered AIDS Doctor Gabriel Torres: Redemption after Meth Addiction

The article appeared in New York Magazine in 2008. I remember it quite distinctly. Titled “Another AIDS Casualty” and written by David France, the profile of once-famous New York AIDS physician Dr. Ramon “Gabriel” Torres was a heart-wrenching read.

Published
09 May 2018
From
My Fabulous Disease
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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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