Back HIV Populations Injection Drug Users

Injection Drug Users

IAS 2015: Presumptive Treatment of TB in Advanced HIV No Better than ART and Isoniazid

Giving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) to all people with very advanced HIV disease at the time they start antiretroviral therapy (ART), before a laboratory diagnosis of TB -- so-called empiric treatment -- does not reduce the risk of death compared to giving ART and isoniazid preventive therapy, according to findings presented by Mina Hosseinipour at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention this week in Vancouver.

alt

Read more:

IAS 2015: Opioid Substitution Therapy Combined with HIV Treatment Saves More Lives

Providing opioid substitution therapy (OST) along with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to people who inject drugs results in a significantly greater reduction in deaths compared to providing either intervention alone, according to a study by Bohdan Nosyk and colleagues from the University of British Columbia Centre of Excellence in HIV/AIDS at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention this week in Vancouver. Research from Ukraine, also presented at the conference, showed that people receiving opioid substitution therapy had better engagement with HIV care.

alt

Read more:

Injection Drug Use and Hepatitis C Coinfection Increase Risk of Death for People with HIV

HIV-positive people who inject drugs and those who are coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have elevated mortality rates, according to a report from the ART Cohort Collaboration published in the July 1 Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. HIV/HCV coinfected drug injectors had a high risk of liver-related death, but those without HCV still had higher mortality due to various causes compared with non-injectors.

alt

Read more:

Heroin Use Increasing in U.S. Population, Linked to Overdose Deaths, CDC Says

Heroin use has increased among men and women across most age groups and all income levels in recent years, according to the July 7 Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The report urges a 3-prong response, including preventing people from starting heroin use, treating heroin addiction, and using naloxone (Narcan) to prevent overdose deaths.

alt

Read more:

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.

alt

Read more:

More Articles...