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Rural and suburban areas of the United States of America are lacking the harm reduction services needed to support increasing numbers of people who inject drugs.
A recent report has revealed that almost half of people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom are unaware they have hepatitis C.
As people living with HIV grow older, they have a greater chance of developing certain types of cancers compared to the general population.
Leading HIV and AIDS organisations have called for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to be made available on the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
Many people who use PEP for HIV are also highly likely to have a mental health issue, according to new research published in AIDS and Behaviour this month.
The United States government has released an updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which sets out the country’s priorities to combat HIV for the next five years.
A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are aged over 50, according to recent statistics from Public Health England. While care of HIV-positive people was once the domain of specialist staff, people living with HIV are now living full lives thanks to treatment, and are more often seen by general health services. However, the care needs of older HIV-positive people still require careful consideration, as many primary providers do not have up-to-date knowledge of HIV.
An alarming rise in new HIV infections has been reported in Saskatchewan province, Canada. A micro-epidemic has emerged among First Nation communities, where infection rates are estimated to be eleven times higher than the national average. An infectious disease specialist working in this region believes the numbers could be even higher, as HIV testing rates are so low.
Individuals who choose not to disclose their HIV status are not more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety, have more problems with treatment adherence or worse HIV outcomes, according to a large study presented at the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Brighton last week.
Britain’s first legally approved HIV self-test kits are on sale as of today in England, Scotland and Wales. The HIV self-kit allows people to do an HIV test in the safe environment of their home without the need to fill out paperwork or the intervention of a clinic.
The UK lifted its legal ban on HIV home testing in April 2014, but manufacturers were not able to market a test with a CE mark - indicating that the test conforms to minimum European standards for accuracy and ease of use - until today.