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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 […]

With study of injecting drug users, preventive HIV medicine demonstrates protective value to all at high risk

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CDC releases updated Guidance for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for the Prevention of HIV Infection: PrEP for Injecting Drug Users, while questions on real-world impact remain With a five-year study in Bangkok showing that daily doses of antiretroviral medicine reduced risks of HIV infection among people who inject drugs by at least half, and more with the […]

New ranking member of Senate Appropriations HHS subcommittee gets mixed reviews

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“Given the vast amount of progress made over the last century and the great potential current research holds, now is not the time to waiver on America’s commitment to advancing disease cures and treatments.” These are welcome words from the senator who now holds a leadership position on the subcommittee that oversees funding for the […]

Blueprint: Change policies, use existing knowledge to end HIV epidemic among injecting drug users

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Allan Clear is executive director of the Harm Reduction Coalition.  Mr. Clear was one of twelve speakers chosen to address the United Nations at the 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, was a non-governmental delegate at UNODC “Beyond 2008”, and is a member of the Community Program Committee for AIDS 2012. Mr. Clear wrote the […]

Clean water and HIV, new look and features for watchdog Aidspan site, “good Samaritans” living in poverty, and more . . .

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Safe Water Critical to health of HIV-positive people: Clean water and accessible sanitary toilet facilities are essential to the success of HIV care and treatment, this IRIN story notes, focusing on conditions in Ethiopia. It cites Wateraid, saying that patients on antiretroviral medicine need at least a liter and a half of clean water a day […]

Goosby: PEPFAR Examines Next Steps as Needle Exchange Ban Officially Nixed

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The needle exchange ban never applied to US-funded international AIDS programs, but the previous administration essentially acted as if it did. Now that the ban has officially hit the legislative dustbin, Eric Goosby, MD, the U.S. global AIDS coordinator, has signaled an readiness to move forward in providing PEPFAR support for needle exchange programs in countries hard hit by the […]

Needle Exchange Programs Curb the Spread of HIV/AIDS Across the Globe

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In case lawmakers need an extra nudge as they consider lifting the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs, here are two fresh facts on the effectiveness of this tool in reducing the spread of HIV: *In India, needle exchange programs have contributed to a dramatic reduction in HIV seroprevalence among injection drug users—cutting […]