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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,...

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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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  • 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has helped to contain recent outbreaks among drug users, but they could be endangered if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.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
  • Almost one in three drugs overdoses in Europe recorded in UK

    Britain has Europe’s highest proportion of heroin addicts and problematic use of novel psychoactive substances, say reports by the European drugs agency.

    07 June 2017 | The Guardian
  • Drug deaths on the rise in Europe for third year: report

    Drug overdose deaths in Europe rose six percent to 8,441 in 2015, rising for the third consecutive year, driven by increasing use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, Europe's Lisbon-based drug monitoring agency said on Tuesday.

    07 June 2017 | Reuters
  • On the front lines of Russia's 'staggering' HIV epidemic

    According to the United Nations' UNAIDS program, Russia had the third-highest number of new HIV infections globally in 2015, behind South Africa and Nigeria.

    07 June 2017 | CNN
  • E. Ukraine Conflict Impacts War Against HIV

    Like its neighbor Russia, Ukraine is currently struggling against epidemics of dangerous contagious diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

    05 June 2017 | Voice of America
  • Philadelphia HIV Activist Paul Yabor Dies at 55

    Paul Yabor, an HIV activist who spent much of his time helping injection drug users and advocating safe spaces for that community, passed away last week in Philadephia. He was 55.

    24 May 2017 | The Body
  • 1990s AIDS Crisis revisited: Heroin and Fentanyl crisis has the U.S at a public health ‘turning point`, researchers say

    The widespread distribution in North America of synthetic opioids such as the painkiller Fentanyl is becoming the new norm and the spiralling number of overdose deaths associated with contaminated street heroin urgently needs an effective and committed public health emergency response, delegates attending the second day of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HRI7) were told today.

    23 May 2017 | HR 17 press release
  • Canada: Streamlined injection-site conditions become law

    A piece of legislation that makes it easier to open supervised injection sites has become law, replacing Harper-era regulations that effectively stalled the harm-reduction service as overdose deaths climbed.

    21 May 2017 | Globe & Mail
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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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