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Andrews Government backflips on safe injecting room trial because current drug policy ‘not working’

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ABC News, 31/10/2017 Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has said he changed his mind about supporting a safe injecting room trial in inner Melbourne because a jump in the number of overdoses showed the current approach was failing. The Government has confirmed it will hold a two-year trial a centre at heroin hotspot North Richmond under a bold plan that includes tougher penalties for drug...

Smoking Highly Dangerous for HIV-Positive Patients

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Specialty Pharmacy Times,  Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Patients with HIV who smoke may have an increased risk of lung cancer mortality compared with the risk of dying from HIV, according to a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine.  These findings suggest that healthcare providers should strongly advocate for smoking cessation and cancer screening for patients with HIV. The abstract...

HIV life expectancy ‘near normal’ thanks to new drugs

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BBC news, 11 May 2017 Young people on the latest HIV drugs now have near-normal life expectancy because of improvements in treatments, a new study in The Lancet suggests. Twenty-year-olds who started antiretroviral therapy in 2010 are projected to live 10 years longer than those first using it in 1996, it found. Doctors say that starting treatment early is crucial to achieve a long and healthy...

Suicide accounts for 2% of deaths in people with HIV, twice the rate of the general population

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nam/aidsmap, 06 April 2017 Men living with HIV have an elevated rate of suicide, particularly in the first year after diagnosis, according to a fifteen-year study of almost 90,000 people diagnosed with HIV in England and Wales, with comparison against the general population. Suicides occurred at similar rates in gay and heterosexual men. Rates were elevated in injecting drug users, compared to...

Spike in [Victorian] HIV rates strike a blow to ambitious new targets

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The Age, October 7 2016 Victorian health department figures reveal an increase in notified cases of HIV – from 143 in the first six months of last year, to 170 in the first six months of this year – as well as a 112 per cent rise in the number of AIDS-related deaths, from 8 to 17, over the same period. Chief health officer Professor Charles Guest said the increase was partly driven by more people...

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