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Growing Illicit Drug Market In Myanmar Could Increase HIV Cases, Report Says

Eleven Media: Surge in injecting drug use fueling AIDS epidemic in Myanmar, report warns “Efforts to curb illegal drug production, distribution and use in Southeast Asia have failed, and the area known globally as the Golden Triangle has seen opium cultivation more than double since 2006, a new report by…

Calls Continue For Russia To Better Address HIV Prevention, Treatment

Inter Press Service: Russia: Critics Continue To Attack ‘Hypocrisy’ Over HIV/AIDS “International bodies and local campaign groups have repeatedly criticized Russia for not doing anywhere near enough in terms of providing prevention services or access to medical treatment for HIV/AIDS sufferers. The fourth Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) HIV/AIDS…

Guatemala Faces Growing Number Of HIV Cases, Al Jazeera Reports

Al Jazeera: HIV on the rise in Guatemala “Guatemala is facing a growing HIV epidemic. And towns bordering Mexico are transmission hot spots for the virus. Human trafficking, sexual abuse, prostitution and drug use in these towns create the kind of high-risk behavior that leads to HIV transmission…” Al Jazeera…

Crimea Faces ‘Human Tragedy,’ Risks To Public Health, U.N. AIDS Envoy Says

Agence France-Presse/Medical Xpress: Crimea facing ‘human tragedy’ on AIDS: U.N. envoy “The U.N. AIDS envoy for Eastern Europe on Thursday said Crimea faced a ‘human tragedy’ and risks to public health after a program for intravenous drug users was scrapped following Russia’s takeover…” (5/8).

Conflict Affecting Efforts To Curb Drug Use, HIV Spread In Ukraine, Russia

Humanosphere: From Russia with alarm: Conflict fuels fast growing HIV epidemic Natalie Flath, a health advocate and activist based in St. Petersburg, Russia, discusses drug use, the HIV epidemic, and how conflict between Russia and Ukraine is affecting efforts to prevent the spread of the virus in the region (5/9).

New Guide Examines Combining HIV Prevention Strategies

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog discusses a new guide (.pdf) from Pathfinder International that “looks at the web of interacting factors that influence the effectiveness of HIV interventions among sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who use injecting drugs, and other ‘key affected…

Russia’s Takeover Of Crimea Negatively Impacting HIV Prevention Services

The Independent: Battling AIDS: Former health secretary claims Russia is causing setback in efforts to defeat the virus Norman Fowler, former British health secretary “…One of the unwelcome first results of the Russian takeover of Crimea has been a radical change in policy on the treatment of injecting drug users.…

Blog Examines Several Recent Reports On HIV/AIDS, Drug Policy, U.S. Budget

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog summarizes several items released recently, including the Treatment Action Group’s “TAGline” publication examining research and policy on HIV/AIDS; Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) FY 2015 budget resolution; a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy titled, “The Negative Impact of the…

Doctors, Advocates Urge U.N. To Take Health-Based Approach To Drug Control Policies

The Lancet: Doctors criticize U.N.’s approach to global drugs control “Growing numbers of doctors are calling for a health-based approach to be adopted as a cornerstone of global drugs policy as a high-level U.N. conference highlights what critics say are continued failings in international bodies’ strategies for dealing with global…