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Crimea Should Continue Its Successful Drug Treatment Programs After Russian Annexation

Huffington Post: ReSovietizing Crimea? What the Vote Means for the Twin Epidemics of Drug Use and HIV Richard Elovich, research scientist at Columbia University “…In choosing affiliation with Russia, Crimea should not reject the needs of the socially vulnerable and some of the helpful responses emerging from within. HIV and…

UNAIDS Envoy Expresses Concern For Crimean Drug Users After Russian Annexation

Agence France-Presse/China Post: UNAIDS envoy worried for Crimean drug users “The U.N.’s AIDS envoy for Eastern Europe voiced fears Thursday for injecting drug users in Crimea who risk being cut off from a lifeline treatment prohibited in Russia. Michel Kazatchkine said he was worried that heroin replacement programs called opioid…

Europe’s Harm Reduction Drug Policies Can Be Model For Other Regions, Nations

Huffington Post: Postcard From Vienna: Europe’s Stance on International Drug Policy Michel Kazatchkine, U.N. special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia “… This year the annual U.N.-sponsored Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting [in Vienna] will feature a High Level Review of international drug policy to assess where…

Access To HIV Prevention In Prisons Is Crucial To Curbing Transmission

IRIN: HIV interventions also needed behind bars “Providing access to HIV prevention and treatment services in closed settings, such as prisons, is crucial to curbing the transmission of HIV, particularly among women, say public health experts…” (2/12).

Romania Must Do More To Prevent HIV

Valentin Simionov, executive director of the Romanian Harm Reduction Network, writes in Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, “Romania is currently experiencing a spike in HIV rates that hits hardest among the most vulnerable populations, such as people who use drugs. Meanwhile, Romanians find themselves caught between a lack of clear…

Controversial Legislation In Ukraine Affecting Country’s HIV Response

Inter Press Service: Ukraine Crackdown Hits Fight Against AIDS “Groups battling one of the world’s worst HIV/AIDS epidemics say their task may get ‘catastrophically’ harder following the introduction of controversial laws in Ukraine in response to months of anti-government protests. … The International HIV/AIDS Alliance Ukraine has told IPS that…

Prisoners In Cambodia Should Receive Drug Use Treatment To Help Prevent HIV Infections

In the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Aphyra Chheav, a member of the Key Correspondents program, advocates that prisoners in Cambodia should have access to treatment for illicit drug use. “…One motivation to provide better drug treatment for prisoners relates to the global ambition to prevent new…

Russia’s ‘No Methadone’ Method Fails To Curb HIV

Bloomberg News: Russia’s Cold Turkey Fails to Stem HIV Among Drug Users “Yekaterinburg, the Siberian city where drug users used to be handcuffed to their beds to help them quit, exemplifies Russia’s efforts to stamp out the habit in a nation that has the most HIV-infected addicts. … While its…

Methadone, Clean-Needle Programs Help HIV Prevention Efforts In Ukraine

Bloomberg News: Methadone Clinics Help Ukraine Succeed on HIV Prevention “Ukraine is checking the spread of HIV for the first time in more than a decade by handing out methadone and clean needles to drug users, measures long embraced in the U.S. yet still opposed in neighboring Russia…” (Bennett, 1/14).

Bloomberg Businessweek Examines Russia’s AIDS Epidemic

Bloomberg Businessweek: Russian HIV Surge Shows Scourge Sochi Swagger Can’t Mask “…Hidden from the outside world and abetted by policies that critics say promote infections rather than curbing them, the HIV scourge plaguing Russia is one that even the poorest countries have begun to subdue. As Putin puts the final…

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