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New Trend Increases HIV Risk for Heroin Users

Heroin users in some African countries are injecting themselves with blood from other drug users in order to eke out drug supplies, a practice known as flashblood or flushblood, the New York Times reports.

17 July 2010
New York Times
Eastern European Countries Show Increasing New HIV Infections While Some Harm Reduction Programmes Are Decreasing

Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region where HIV incidence clearly remains on the rise. Early indications are that the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in 2009 has increased since 2008. Russian Federation has reported an 8% increase in reported cases, Georgia a 10% increase and Belarus a 22% increase...

16 July 2010
HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
Criminalization of drugs and drug users fuels HIV; laws should be reviewed, say experts

Strict laws on the criminalization of drug use and drug users are fueling the spread of HIV and other serious harms associated with the criminal market and should be reviewed, say experts in a series of new articles.

13 July 2010
Science Daily
Methadone 'works and saves lives'

The long-term survival of drug users is improved by use of the controversial heroin substitute methadone, academics claim.

08 July 2010
BBC Health
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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

This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.