Tag Archives: Opioid substitution

People with HIV who inject drugs benefit most from integrated treatment, study finds

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While antiretroviral treatment and opioid substitution therapy (methadone, for example) each increase survival rates among people who inject drugs and live with HIV, the two treatments lower risks of dying from all causes, including those stemming from drug use and HIV, most effectively when both are available at the same time, a study reported in […]

AIDS 2014: Harm reduction and drug policy — no one left behind

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Science Speaks is live-blogging from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia through the week, with updates on research, policy and insights from the 20th International AIDS Conference. MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – During the Wednesday opening plenary session, a medical doctor from Viet Nam presented a compelling overview of how her country’s policies regarding drug users evolved over […]

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 […]

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 […]