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Reduced risk of hepatic steatosis in HIV/HCV coinfection with cannabis use

Daily cannabis use was shown to be associated with a reduced risk for liver steatosis among individuals co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C, according to the results of a recent…

Russia’s methadone ban is fueling an HIV epidemic in Crimea

Georgy’s drug addiction started when he was just 15. It began with the painkillers doctors gave him after he fractured his hip. But tension at home made it difficult to…

Marijuana use associated with cognitive dysfunction in people with HIV who have substance abuse disorder, study finds

Marijuana use is associated with cognitive dysfunction in people with HIV infection who have an alcohol or other drug use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at Boston…

New perspectives on risk of HIV and hepatitis among injecting drug users

Reviews of the global prevalence of injecting drug use and of interventions to prevent the spread of blood-borne viruses among people who inject drugs paint a worrying picture. The provision…

Health experts warn UK politicians that chemsex is leading to a rise in hepatitis C

They say gay men need a health promotion campaign similar to the ‘tombstone’ HIV adverts of the 1980s to raise awareness Health experts in the UK have called for a…

Epidemic dispersion of HIV and HCV in a population of co-infected Romanian injecting drug users

Abstract Co-infections with HIV and HCV are very frequent among people who inject drugs (PWID). However, very few studies comparatively reconstructed the transmission patterns of both viruses in the same…

8 top stories on injection drug users, HIV/HCV coinfection

At the recent International Symposium on Hepatitis Care in Substance Users, researchers presented new data on injection drug users and their unique risk factors for hepatitis C infection and transmission,…

Portugal’s public health approach to drugs serves as global model

New York Times: How to Win a War on Drugs Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist “…Portugal … has become a model for a drug policy that is not only…

Interventions for reducing hepatitis C infection in people who inject drugs

The first global review to quantify the impact of needle syringe programmes (NSP) and opioid substitution treatment (OST) in reducing the risk of becoming infected with the hepatitis C virus…

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related causes, according to the findings…

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