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HIV Risk Behavior Remains Common Among People Who Inject Drugs in U.S.

An analysis from the CDC's National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system found that 11% of injection drug users in 20 U.S. cities were HIV-positive in 2012, according to a report in the March 20 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. One-third of the interviewees reported sharing used injection equipment, putting them at risk for acquiring HIV and hepatitis B and C, while a majority reported sex without condoms.

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Report Looks at Global State of Harm Reduction for People Who Inject Drugs

Harm Reduction International this month released the latest edition of its Global State of Harm Reduction report, mapping responses to drug-related HIV, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis epidemics around the world. The report looks at prevention interventions by region, including needle and syringe programs, opioid substitution therapy, harm reduction in prisons, overdose response, and access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people who inject drugs.

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HIV and Hepatitis C Risk Factors and Prevention Among People Who Inject Drugs

More than half of young injection drug users in the U.S. shared syringes previously used by others and a large majority reported unprotected sex, according to the latest data on people who inject drugs from the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System, published in the July 4 edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Surveillance Summaries. The survey found that 9% had HIV and 41% had hepatitis C.

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Hepatitis C Infections Fall after Harm Reduction Scale-up in Scotland

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) incidence among people who inject drugs declined rapidly after national scale-up of harm reduction interventions such as syringe exchange in Scotland, according to a report published in the August 11 edition of PLoS ONE. Changes in HCV prevalence, however, are lagging behind.

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Health and Human Rights Advocates Call for Repeal of Syringe Funding Ban

More than 140 organizations involved in HIV and viral hepatitis advocacy, public health, harm reduction, and human rights sent an open letter last week calling on legislators to lift the federal ban on funding for needle and syringe exchange programs intended to curb the transmission of blood-borne diseases among people who inject drugs.

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