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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

    Information level Level 1
  • 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

    Information level Level 4
  • 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...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

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  • The Success of Italy’s Community-Based Approach to Naloxone

    The provision of naloxone by community-based harm reduction services, as takes place in Italy, is highly important for reducing the harms of opioid drugs, a report suggests.

    8 hours ago | Talking Drugs
  • Canada is paving the way to import prescription heroin in bulk

    Canada’s health minister has said prescribing heroin could help reduce overdose deaths, so Ottawa is allowing large imports of the prescription drug.

    24 April 2017 | Vice
  • Healing Austin, Indiana: How town raced to stop America's worst rural HIV plague (three-part series)

    Critics say Mike Pence was slow to react as a festering blight, then HIV gripped Austin, Indiana. This tiny city off Interstate 65 is the epicenter of a medical disaster. Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confirms Austin contains the largest drug-fueled HIV outbreak to hit rural America in recent history, and "the largest concentrated outbreak ever documented in the United States."

    24 April 2017 | Kentucky Courier-Journal
  • A '60s survivor is giving away a drug that can save opioid users' lives—if they get it before it's too late

    Negron runs the Suncoast Harm Reduction Project, a scrappy group that's pushing to make naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, more accessible in Florida. The 68-year-old "former injection drug user cleverly disguised as a nice grandma" oversees a team of about 15 volunteers, mostly stylish suburban moms whose children have struggled with drug use. They give away free naloxone and conduct trainings on how to administer it, using Facebook to announce "pop up" distributions.

    03 April 2017 | Mother Jones
  • Learning from Italy’s Lead on Naloxone

    In Italy, the opioid overdose antidote naloxone has been available in pharmacies without a prescription for over 20 years; in 1996, Italy’s Health Ministry officially classified naloxone as an over-the-counter medication and obliged pharmacies to carry it in sufficient supplies. Perhaps even more importantly, harm reduction services there have distributed it since the early 1990s, thanks to doctors at the public drug addiction services who saw a dramatic rise in the number of overdose deaths at the time.

    03 April 2017 | Open Society Foundations
  • US heroin use has increased almost fivefold in a decade, study shows

    Researchers say increase is seen across all social groups, ages and sexes and highlight link between misuse of prescription opioids and heroin abuse.

    29 March 2017 | The Guardian
  • Glasgow HIV outbreak ‘could spread’

    Experts fear an HIV outbreak in Glasgow is out of control, with ten new cases already this year, and many of the drug users affected unable or unwilling to comply with treatment.

    29 March 2017 | The Herald
  • Online ‘virtual counselling’ service launches for gay men struggling with drugs and chemsex

    Two leading charities have launched an online counselling service for gay and bisexual men to get support around drugs, sex and alcohol. Terrence Higgins Trust and London Friend launched the new service via Friday/Monday, a website which offers information about sex and drugs for gay and bisexual men.

    13 March 2017 | PinkNews
  • An excellent graphical history of drug treatment in the UK

    Lifeline recently published an excellent infographic crammed with information on the way drug and alcohol treatment services have been funded over the last 30 years. It contains information on how the various cultural and political shifts over that time have altered the expectations on these services.

    02 March 2017 | Russell Webster (blog)
  • Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

    The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

    27 February 2017 | The Atlantic
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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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