Category Archives: Syringe Exchange

The Global State of Harm Reduction — discrimination, stigma, misunderstanding, misinformation keep response “shockingly low”

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What if there were an evidence-based, cost-effective approach to prevent HIV infections by tackling a risk that accounts for roughly one out of three HIV infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa, and an increasing proportion of HIV infections everywhere? You might think, in the budget-challenged times that donors and recipients in the global health landscape grapple […]

Breaking News: House committee approves 2013 funding for PEPFAR, Global Fund, global TB

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The House Appropriations Committee voted on its fiscal year (FY) 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill Wednesday and released a report that clarifies its funding intentions for key global health programs.  The bill includes $5.542 billion for global AIDS funding through the State Department, and the report specifies $4.243 billion to support the U.S. […]

Expert panel strategizes to repeal the federal ban on funding for syringe exchange

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(The following guest blog post is by Yale University senior Helen Jack) “The federal ban on needle exchange funding is institutional stigma,” said Allan Clear, executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, to an audience of nearly 100 students and community members at a Yale University auditorium Wednesday night. By reinstating the federal ban on funding for syringe exchange programs, Clear said the government sends the wrong message…

HIV docs tell a powerful tale of combination prevention

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“This is an extraordinary moment in the AIDS epidemic – we finally have the tools to turn the tide,” said Diane Havlir, MD, of the University of California San Francisco, speaking to the arsenal of HIV prevention interventions the AIDS community now has at its disposal to combat new infections worldwide. She spoke alongside a […]

PEPFAR takes a hit in 2012 funding bill; Military HIV Research Program sustains funding after close call

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***UPDATE 12/19: The final spending bill for FY 2012 was agreed to by the Senate. The resolution to fund the emergency spending bill with an across the board 1.83 percent cut to most discretionary funds did not pass. Also of interest, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) domestic TB budget for FY 2012 […]

House draft bill proposes NIH funding increase, cuts to Global Fund, no syringe exchange

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The House Appropriations Committee posted a draft bill today funding the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education programs.  The draft contains a $1 billion increase for biomedical research for a total of $31.7 billion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but eliminates $300 million in funding for the Global Fund to […]

IAS launches media center for drug substitution therapy

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The International AIDS Society (IAS) will launch a virtual media center for opioid substitution therapy (OST) support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the organization announced Tuesday at the 2011 International AIDS Conference in Rome.

There are an estimated 16 million injection drug users (IDU) in the world, 3 million of which are HIV infected, said Dr. Chris Beyrer…

Combination prevention for injection drug users

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Don DesJarlais, PhD, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York opened the session on combination prevention for injection drug users (IDUs) by identifying syringe exchange programs (SEPs) as the “foundation for combination HIV prevention” in this population. To an audience Tuesday afternoon at the International AIDS Conference in Rome, he pointed out that risk elimination is not necessary because sharing syringes is still inefficient for HIV transmission. You do, however, need to reach a majority of IDUs in the population to have a real and measurable impact on HIV incidence…

A threat to winning the war on AIDS: neglect of injection drug users

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First, the good news. HIV prevalence around the world is starting to stablize, with overall growth in numbers of new infections slowing in most areas. But not all populations are experiencing this trend. “In Kenya and Tanzania, overall HIV incidence is stable, but the number of HIV infections among injection drug users (IDUs) is rising,” […]