Tag Archives: harm reduction

Treatment rationing, other structural barriers stand in the way of stopping spread of hepatitis C among people living with HIV, study finds

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When provinces in Canada lifted restrictions pegging eligibility for treatment for hepatitis C with direct-acting antivirals to the stage of the disease — or range of liver damage — to make the medicines universally accessible, the numbers of people who accessed the treatment nearly doubled, a study reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases found. New initiation […]

As an opioid crisis drives the spread of HIV, Kentucky plan invests in harm reduction, training, care and community

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Using funds generated by Kentucky’s HIV drug assistance program, a plan launched this month will support urgent and ongoing responses to the infectious disease impacts of an injecting drug use epidemic From all the evidence that Dr. Alice Thornton and her colleagues could see in the growing numbers of patients coming through the doors of […]

What we’re reading: Saying goodbye to gay sex bans, providing safe injection, following WHO guidelines, preventing HIV, treating TB

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In the midst of stalled funding and politicized policies, we’re reading about answers to infectious diseases that remain just out of reach . . . Inspired by India, Singaporeans seek to end gay sex ban – Anti-gay laws imposed across the British Empire remain one of the key barriers to controlling HIV as a global […]

Criminalized sex work, contraception as the weakest link, reducing harm reduction, a homophobic faith-based organization doesn’t get it . . . We’re reading about policies, proposals and programs that don’t mind the gap

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“An end to AIDS is only possible if we overcome the barriers of criminalization, stigma and discrimination that remain key drivers of the epidemic.” AIDS 2014, Nobody left behind, The Melbourne Declaration US bill to pressure countries that do not criminalize the purchase of sex must be dropped, say rights groups – The Global Alliance […]

HIV among people who inject drugs emerging, growing, largely unaddressed and often uncounted in Middle East and North Africa

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Review highlights unmet needs, chance of hidden epidemics and opportunity in countries where people who inject drugs in region of high risk and lagging response In Afghanistan, where an estimated 83 percent of the world’s supply of heroin is produced, a gram of the drug could be bought for as little as $4 at a […]

Needle exchange, methadone programs in Malaysia save money, protect public health, World Bank-funded report finds

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Of the more than 98,000 people diagnosed with HIV since 1986 in Malaysia, more than 67,000 of them have been people who inject drugs . . . When more than two-thirds of the people who have been diagnosed with HIV in a country are people who inject drugs, some of the measures to prevent new […]

Ukraine NGO crackdown raises questions on sustained HIV prevention, care among injecting drug users, other marginalized groups

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January 16 “Charter for Opression” shows precariousness of HIV response “partnerships” In April 2011, when Ambassador Eric Goosby made his first visit to Ukraine in his role of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, his previous work in HIV prevention, care and treatment through targeted interventions had already familiarized him with the country’s challenges. With the highest […]

HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases: An International Infectious Disease Reporting Contest awards on-the-ground views of harm reduction, co-infection, living in sickness and silence, and more

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A nurse and a drug dealer make a deal to get clean needles to injecting drug users in a Tanzania slum, confronting HIV and TB where they thrive. The result is powerful, and the story of how and why they work together, The Street of Blood and Smoke, gives an in-depth, inspiring, and informative look […]

WHO Bulletin review of TB and illicit drug use calls for five “urgent measures”

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Sharing drug equipment that includes water pipes, often living in close quarters, frequently imprisoned, and facing greater than average rates of other health conditions including alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, as well as HIV, people who use illicit drugs have higher than average odds of getting tuberculosis infection and disease, with outbreaks of drug-resistant strains […]

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 […]