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Improving the use of methadone for drug users with TB to prevent withdrawal

-- Study finds higher dosages of methadone needed while on rifampicin -- Clinicians will be able to use the study as a guide for treatment for their patients -- Researchers…

People who inject drugs falling behind in access to HIV treatment

Progress has been made towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets whereby United Nations Member States committed to ensuring that, by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status,…

What do people who inject drugs think of point-of-care HCV testing?

Point-of-care testing to diagnose HCV infection has the potential to eliminate the need for multiple appointments to confirm chronic infection. An oral antibody test can provide a result in 20…

Abstinence/reduction in illicit drug use may increase viral suppression of HIV

Abstinence from the use of illicit drugs including marijuana, cocaine/crack, methamphetamines, and opioids is associated with viral suppression, according to a study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. In the case of…

Integrated stepped alcohol treatment for people in HIV care improves both HIV and alcohol outcomes

New clinical research supported by the National Institutes of Health shows that increasing the intensity of treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) over time improves alcohol-related outcomes among people with…

Study examines effects of alcohol, HIV, HCV on immune system activation

A study examined how biomarkers of microbial translocation and innate immune activation were affected by HIV status, HCV co-infection, and alcohol use. Alcohol use among people living with HIV (PLWH) may exacerbate…

Increasing alcohol consumption linked to worsening HIV severity

A pattern of increasing alcohol consumption is associated with worsening HIV disease severity, whereas stable consumption is associated with small improvements, according to a national study of VA patients with…

Decline in chemsex over time in three English clinics

In the first study to track chemsex over time, the number of men having chemsex fell by two-thirds between 2015 and 2018, Janey Sewell and colleagues at University College London…

Cash incentives, peer support may not incentivize HCV treatment

A randomized trial comparing a cash incentive to peer support for increasing acceptance of treatment for hepatitis C virus (HCV) among persons with HCV/HIV coinfection, including those who use drugs or alcohol,…

World Health Organization calls for greater focus on people who inject drugs in HCV treatment scale-up plans

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for greater commitments to scale up hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing and treatment services to people who inject drugs (PWID) and people in…

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