HIV

INTEREST Workshop

Accra, Ghana,

Known as the “African CROI” the INTEREST Conference brings together scientists involved in HIV treatment, pathogenesis, and prevention research in Africa to share pivotal findings, promote collaboration, and transfer experiences across several fields and many continents.

HIV Knowledge and Risk Behaviors among Drug Users in Three Vietnamese Mountainous Provinces

Citation
Nguyen et al. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy (2019) 14:3 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13011-019-0191-8
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Abstract

Background

Globally, people who inject drugs are highly vulnerable to HIV transmission. Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) programs are one of the most cost-effective mechanisms to substitute opioid use and improve the quality of life of patients.

HepHIV2019 Conference

Bucharest, Romania,

The HepHIV2019 conference, which is organised jointly with the 3-year EU funded joint action INTEGRATE, will take place 28-30 January 2019 in Bucharest, Romania.

Inactivation of HCV and HIV by Microwave: A Novel Approach for Prevention of Virus Transmission among People who Inject Drugs

Citation
Siddharta, A. et al. Inactivation of HCV and HIV by microwave: a novel approach for prevention of virus transmission among people who inject drugs. Sci. Rep. 6, 36619; doi: 10.1038/srep36619 (2016).
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Abstract

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) transmissions among people who inject drugs (PWID) continue to pose a challenging global health problem. Here, we aimed to analyse a universally applicable inactivation procedure, namely microwave irradiation, as a safe and effective method to reduce the risk of viral transmission.

The Effect of Public Health-Oriented Drug Law Reform on HIV Incidence in People who Inject Drugs in Tijuana, Mexico

Citation
Borquez, A., Beletsky, L., Nosyk, B., Strathdee, S. A., Madrazo, A., Abramovitz, D., . . . Martin, N. K. (2018). The effect of public health-oriented drug law reform on HIV incidence in people who inject drugs in Tijuana, Mexico: An epidemic modelling study. The Lancet Public Health, 3(9). doi:10.1016/s2468-2667(18)30097-5
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Summary

Background

As countries embark on public health-oriented drug law reform, health impact evaluations are needed. In 2012, Mexico mandated the narcomenudeo reform, which depenalised the possession of small amounts of drugs and instituted drug treatment instead of incarceration.

22nd International AIDS Conference 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands,

The 22nd International AIDS Conference will take place in Amsterdam from 23-27th July 2018. 

The conference will explore topics such as innovations around HIV and substance use, epidemiology of indigenous populations, models of prevention, drugs and drug policy, and meeting the needs of young people from key populations. 

Factors associated with cocaine use in users of injectable heroin in Colombia

Citation
Berbesi-Fernández , D., Segura-Cardona , A., Montoya-Velez , L., & Ramirez-Medina , A. (2016). Factors associated with cocaine use in users of injectable heroin, Colombia. Salud Mental, 39(4), 205-211. doi:https://doi.org/10.17711/SM.0185-3325.2016.024
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OVERVIEW

Introduction: People who consume heroin and cocaine have increased sexual activity, risk behaviours associated with injection and inconsistent condom use, which would increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections and the presence of HIV.