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  • Transmission facts

    HIV can only be passed on when one person's body fluids get inside another person. HIV can be passed on during sex without a condom,...

    From: The basics

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  • Safer drug use

    HIV and other blood-borne viruses can be transmitted via unsafe injecting practices. These unsafe practices include sharing injecting equipment such as water, spoons and filters, but the most...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

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  • Injecting drug use

    Injecting drug use was one of the earliest routes of HIV transmission identified in the early 1980s, because epidemiologists quickly noticed that HIV infection was...

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  • Scotland May Now Have Highest Rate of Drug-Related Deaths in the EU

    Data published on August 15 by the National Records of Scotland suggest that Scotland now has the highest rate of drug-related deaths of any country in the European Union. Across Scotland, the report says, there were 160 drug-related deaths per one million people in 2016. This compares with an estimated 65.8 per million in England and Wales, and a European average of 20.3 per million.

    16 August 2017 | Talking Drugs
  • What Trump's National Opioid Emergency Should Look Like

    The president should strip away the red tape preventing people from getting methadone or buprenorphine, which are proven to reduce opioid overdose.

    15 August 2017 | Vice
  • Responses to the new drug strategy

    A new drug strategy was released by the Home Office on 14 July – here are some early responses and we will add more as they come in.

    17 July 2017 | Drink & Drug News
  • Why Did the Opioid Epidemic Develop and How Do We Stop It?

    In the 1980s, evidence from acute pain and end-of-life palliative care was applied to prescribing opiates for chronic long-term pain. Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of oxycodone (OxyCotin), spent $10 million to advertise the drug during its first year of sales, increasing that amount to $28 million by the fifth year after the drug was approved in the U.S.

    28 June 2017 | The Body PRO
  • Washington DC reports sharp decline in new HIV infections

    In 2007, D.C. residents were diagnosed with HIV at a rate of nearly four per day. That rate dropped to less than one resident per day in 2016. The 73 percent decline in new cases — from 1,333 in 2007 to 347 in 2016 — can be attributed to factors that include a needle-exchange program, condom distribution and increasing use of preventive medication to halt the spread of the disease, city officials said Tuesday.

    28 June 2017 | Washington Post
  • Why opioid deaths are this generation’s Aids crisis

    The soaring numbers of deaths from overdoses in the US and UK require a radical and fast rethink of drugs policy.

    27 June 2017 | The Guardian
  • Covering America's 'testing ground' for responses to drug use, HIV risk

    IT’S NOT NEWS THAT KENTUCKY, West Virginia and Ohio are staggering under an epidemic of drug abuse. But the looming health threat of a related explosion of HIV infections is a story that needs to be told often, and loudly.

    26 June 2017 | Columbia Journalism Review
  • America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

    Despite an unprecedented epidemic of opioid overdose deaths that began way back in the late 90s, US crime rates have been declining for decades, and are now less than half their 1991 peak. Criminalization only makes addiction worse. When addiction—and the supply of drugs—are medicalized, on the other hand, their connection with crime is greatly reduced.

    20 June 2017 | Vice
  • The opioid epidemic is making the fight against HIV more difficult

    Thanks to the opioid economic, hard-won gains in bringing down the US HIV infection rate may be reversed. Hoping to prevent future outbreaks and to drive the HIV infection rate to zero, public health experts are holding a Capitol Hill summit Wednesday. Federal funding for harm reduction programmes has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

    14 June 2017 | Washington Post
  • Heroin's use rising, costing society more than $51 billion

    Heroin use in the United States was estimated to cost society more than $51 billion in 2015, according to new research at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    09 June 2017 | Eurekalert Medicine & 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

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