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HIV Cases Continue To Rise In Russia Because Of Government’s Rejection Of Proven Prevention Methods Among Drug Users, Experts Say

Foreign Policy: Russia’s Silent HIV Epidemic “…Today, there are an estimated 1.5 million people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS in Russia, which has a population of 140 million. … Despite the startling statistics, the Kremlin refuses to embrace the globally accepted, evidence-based strategies that reduce the spread…

Global Commission On Drug Policy Calls For Decriminalization Of Drugs In Annual Report

The Guardian: It’s time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says “World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. The Global Commission on Drug Policy’s annual…

NGOs In Ukraine Aim To Improve Life For People Who Use Injection Drugs

PRI: Drug users are presumed criminals in Ukraine. New police training is aimed at changing that. “In Ukraine, substance abuse has been an epidemic for the past two decades — about one percent of all adults are intravenous drug users — the leading cause of HIV transmission in the country.…

Aidspan Publishes New Issue Of ‘Global Fund Observer’

Aidspan: Global Fund Observer Aidspan, an independent watchdog of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, published Issue 296 of the “Global Fund Observer.” The newsletter features articles on various topics, including the outcomes of the Global Fund’s fifth replenishment conference and whether ending AIDS by 2030 is…

AIDS 2016 Should Put Rights Of Drug Users On Conference Agenda

Open Society Foundations: How an AIDS Conference Sidelined an At-Risk Population Shaun Shelly, advocacy and psychosocial coordinator at the TB/HIV Care Association, says there is a lack of visibility and support for drug users at the International AIDS Conference, writing, “Advocates for the health and human rights of people who…

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