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Daily alcohol use may drive chronic pain in adults with HIV

Daily alcohol use was found to have a reciprocal relationship with greater daily pain in older adults with HIV, according to a study published in Alcohol. Researchers conducted this exploratory study to evaluate…

Hepatitis C medications effective in people who inject drugs

SAN FRANCISCO — People who inject drugs can adhere to medication regimens well enough to be cured of hepatitis C, results from the ANCHOR trial show. The finding refutes the argument…

HCV reinfection uncommon in injection drug users after treatment

SAN FRANCISCO — Despite continued drug use, hepatitis C reinfection rarely occurred in a cohort of patients with HCV who received opioid agonist therapy and were treated for HCV, according…

Depression and alcohol misuse lower odds of achieving viral suppression in HIV

Symptoms of depression and heavy alcohol use interact to lower the chances of achieving virologic suppression in people with HIV; therefore, interventions that target both depression and alcohol misuse may…

How has Glasgow responded to an outbreak of HIV among people who inject drugs?

Intensive efforts to reach people who inject drugs who have acquired HIV in a recent transmission outbreak in the city have resulted in high levels of antiretroviral treatment and viral…

Smoking is tied to faster lung function decline in people with HIV

This finding comes from the global START study that in 2015 proved that starting HIV treatment early is preferable to delaying. People with HIV experience faster decline in their lung…

Incarceration is likely to increase HIV and HCV transmission among people who inject drugs, new study finds

Injecting drug use, through the sharing of needles, syringes and other injecting equipment, is a primary route of transmission for both HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), blood-borne infections that…

How substance use affects adherence to PrEP among gay and bisexual men

Research has shown that drug and alcohol use interferes with anti-retroviral medication adherence among gay and bisexual men (GBM) living with HIV. There is limited parallel examination of whether the…

Club drug GHB associated with brain and cognitive changes

Scientists have discovered that regular use of the party drug GHB, and especially unconsciousness following GHB use, is associated with brain changes including negative effects on long-term memory, working memory,…

Defending opioid substitution therapy services in Kazakhstan

To defend her access to life-saving opioid substitution therapy, Marzhan Zhunusova overcame her fear of flying and, for the first time, took a flight to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.…

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