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16 December 2015

USA: Harm reduction programmes lacking in rural and suburban areas

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.

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19 November 2015

48% of people who inject drugs in UK unaware they have hepatitis C

A recent report has revealed that almost half of people who inject drugs in the United Kingdom are unaware they have hepatitis C. 

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04 June 2015

HIV-related micro-epidemics on rise in Canada

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.

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11 February 2015

Mortality rates of Black Americans living with HIV decreasing

Mortality rates of black and African Americans living with HIV decreased by 28 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to new data released from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC) last week. However, despite this consistent decline in deaths of people living with HIV (PLHIV) over time, the overall numbers and rates of deaths among black Americans are still higher than any other race or ethnicity in the United States.

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16 January 2015

Mental health problems increase risk of HIV in men having sex with men

Researchers have found that men who have sex with men (MSM) suffering from five specific mental health conditions, including depression, alcohol abuse, stimulant use, multi drug abuse and childhood sexual abuse, all lead to increased sexual risk behaviour and HIV infection. Until recent nothing was known about these mental health factors predicting HIV risk behaviours or becoming infected with HIV.

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