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The latest international news, analysis and features on the HIV epidemic from Avert. Share your views and expertise with your peers in the comments box below the articles.

15 August 2017

Criminalising drug users linked to increased HIV levels

A ground-breaking review provides stark evidence of the damage criminalisation has on preventing and treating HIV among people who inject drugs.

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27 June 2017

Hepatitis C, HIV and tuberculosis cause greatest harm for drug users globally

The UNODC highlights disease burden, increased opioid abuse and a lack of treatment access in their global state of drug use report.

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13 April 2017

Male involvement crucial for keeping women on Option B+ in Malawi

A lack of male involvement in their partner’s HIV treatment programme before and after pregnancy has been found to be one of the biggest challenges to retaining women in HIV care in Malawi.

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07 December 2016

People who inject drugs in the USA – a slow decline in new HIV infections amid worrying emerging trends

Injecting drug use accounted for 9% of all new HIV infections in the USA in 2014 – but new demographic trends among people who inject drugs present new challenges for the HIV response. 

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18 November 2016

Harm reduction programmes: ‘too few, too vulnerable and too underfunded’

People who inject drugs are increasingly left behind in the HIV response, with limited access to harm reduction services that secure their rights and their health. 

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08 November 2016

Ukraine steps-up to fund opiate substitution treatment for people who inject drugs

Key affected populations in middle-income countries are hardest hit by global funding cuts, but Ukraine has made a bold move to fund its own response for people who inject drugs.

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26 April 2016

Civil society left disappointed by UNGASS on drugs

Negotiating the political minefield of global drug policy has left civil society and many progressive-thinking countries disappointed by the outcomes of last week’s United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, and frustrated by the UNGASS process.

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