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IAS 2013: Hepatitis C Reinfection Occurs Frequently Among Gay Men Living with HIV in London

There is a high incidence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) reinfection among gay men living with HIV in London, results of a study published in the online edition of AIDS show. The results were also presented at 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013) this week in Kuala Lumpur.

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Antiretroviral PrEP Prevents HIV Transmission among Injection Drug Users

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) using daily oral tenofovir (Viread) reduced the risk of HIV acquisition among injection drug users in Thailand by half, according to findings from the Bangkok Tenofovir Study, published in the June 13, 2013, advance online edition of The Lancet. These findings led the CDC to recommend that PrEP be "considered as one of several prevention options for persons at very high risk for HIV acquisition" through injection drug use.alt

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Tattoos Are Associated with Hepatitis C Virus Infection in the Absence of Other Risk Factors

Individuals with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in New York City were about 5 times more likely to have a tattoo than people without HCV, even after traditional risk factors such as injection drug use were taken into account, researchers reported in the January 12, 2013, advance online edition of Hepatology.alt

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War on Drugs Is Major Driver of Global Hepatitis C Epidemic

The so-called "war on drugs" plays a major role is sustaining hepatitis C epidemics worldwide, including in hard-hit Russia and Eastern Europe, according to the latest report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy. Drug prohibition drives drug users underground and blocks harm reduction efforts such as needle exchange programs. "The war on drugs is a war on common sense," said Commissioner Ruth Dreifuss.alt

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Can Low Volume Syringes Help End HIV and HCV Transmission Among People Who Use Drugs?

Syringes that have a lower "dead space" volume retain less fluid that can harbor HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), and switching to this type could help reduce viral transmission among injection drug users, according to an article in the January 2013 issue of International Journal of Drug Policy.

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