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Use of psychedelic drugs may reduce the risk of suicide in female sex workers
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-24 08:30
Women sex workers who used psychedelic drugs such as LSD were less likely to think about or attempt suicide, while some other drugs increased the risk, according to study results presented at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) this week in Montréal. Elena Argento of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS presented

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable
by Michael Carter, 2017-05-23 08:40
HIV-positive people have impaired respiratory health, even when they have viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators from London report in HIV Medicine. Respiratory health was compared between HIV-positive and HIV-negative outpatients. Individuals with HIV had poorer respiratory health and were more likely to report breathlessness than HIV-negative participants, findings which remained unchanged when analysis focused on

Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction conference amid controversy over overdose deaths
by Susie Mclean, 2017-05-22 14:50
 The 25th International Harm Reduction conference in Montreal, Canada kicked off with a dramatic opening session last week, featuring Jane Philpott, Canadian Minister of Health, along with a group of angry protesters chanting ‘They talk, we die’.    The minister’s speech and the protest focused on the soaring rate of overdose

People who use drugs may use cannabis and drug cocktails as a form of harm reduction
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-22 11:00
People who use drugs have come up with innovative strategies that help them reduce harm, including using marijuana to decrease crack use and mixing heroin with methamphetamine to moderate the effects of meth or prolong the duration of heroin's effects, according to presentations at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) last week

Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-22 08:50
Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to educate providers outside the HIV and sexually transmitted disease fields, according to a report at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting last week in San Francisco. Tanya Mullins

Hepatitis C virus reinfection is uncommon after being cured with DAAs
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-19 10:50
Most people on opiate substitution therapy were successfully treated for hepatitis C with an interferon-free regimen of grazoprevir/elbasvir (Zepatier), and only a small number became reinfected during three years of follow-up, researchers reported yesterday at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17) in Montreal. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is easily transmitted through shared drug injection equipment.

Overamping is a common problem among people who use stimulants
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-19 10:40
Overdosing on stimulants such as methamphetamine – known as 'overamping' – is an under-recognised problem in a harm reduction community that more often focuses on opioid overdose, according to a presentation yesterday at the 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal. The ongoing epidemic of overdoses due to prescription opioids, heroin or fentanyl is

Combining drug addiction treatment and perinatal HIV prevention leads to good outcomes in Kenya
by Liz Highleyman, 2017-05-18 10:30
An integrated programme offering medication-assisted drug addiction treatment and services aimed at preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission led to improved outcomes for opioid-dependent HIV-positive mothers and their babies, according to a presentation at the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference (HR17) this week in Montreal. Medically assisted treatment (MAT), also know as opioid substitution therapy, is a proven effective