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Librarians On Front Lines of Philadelphia’s Heroin Epidemic

Librarians On Front Lines of Philadelphia’s Heroin EpidemicAfter librarians saw a big increase in people overdosing on heroin just outside their building in McPherson Square Park, they took matters into their own hands to save lives.



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Drug epidemic stalls HIV decline in whites who shoot up

FILE - In this March 24, 2015 file photo, a syringe is pictured along West Main Street in downtown Austin, Ind., in Scott County, Ind. The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation’s drug abuse epidemic. Health officials released the news Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as part of a call for more use of needle exchange programs. Last year rural Scott County experienced an HIV outbreak, in which more than 100 injection drug users were infected. The state’s governor at the time - Mike Pence, now the vice president-elect - declared a public health emergency and authorized a limited need-exchange program to prevent the virus from spreading further. (Christopher Fryer /News and Tribune via AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The long decline in HIV infections among white people who inject drugs has stalled, another grim side effect of the nation's drug abuse epidemic.



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Official: Fourth-largest city in Russia has HIV epidemic

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian health officials say one in 50 people in the country’s fourth-largest city is carrying the HIV virus as Russia struggles to deal with a rapidly rising number of infections.
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Gene study clears ‘Patient Zero’ as cause of U.S. HIV epidemic

White House marks World AIDS Day with giant ribbon on North PorticoBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) – Genes taken from archived blood samples show the U.S. AIDS epidemic started in New York in the early 1970s, definitively debunking the long-held belief that the virus was spread in the early 1980s by a flight attendant who became vilified as "Patient Zero" for seeding the U.S. outbreak. Scientists have long suspected that HIV had been circulating in the United States for a decade before the first few AIDS cases were identified in Los Angeles 1981. "What we've done here is tried to get at the origins of the first cases of AIDS that were ever noticed," said Michael Worobey, the evolutionary biologist at the University of Arizona who led the study.



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Is the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ fuelling an HIV epidemic?

By David Doyle CEBU, Philippines (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Rosita leaves Jose’s small office in downtown Cebu in the central Philippines, he passes her a handful of biscuits and six clean needles. Amidst Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs – in which nearly 3,000 people have been killed, according to police – it is safer to be anonymous. Clean needles have been distributed in Cebu City for years, sometimes illegally, in order to prevent the spread of HIV.
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Quest to end AIDS epidemic at risk: UN

In a new report, UNAIDS cautioned that while new HIV infections had fallen dramatically in the past two decades, especially among children, the trend among adults has stalled and even risen in a number of places over the past five yearsEfforts to end the global AIDS pandemic by 2030 are lagging, the UN warned Tuesday, decrying rising numbers of new HIV infections among adults in many regions, with Russia especially hard-hit. In a new report, UNAIDS cautioned that while new HIV infections had fallen dramatically in the past two decades, especially among children, the trend among adults has stalled and even risen in a number of places over the past five years. "This situation scares me, and we need to act fast," UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe told reporters in Geneva at the launch of the report.



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Despite epidemic, Russia cracks down on HIV activists

Russian FrontAIDS activists display a large red ribbon, a sign of support for people living with HIV, during a protest in MoscowDespite a rising HIV epidemic in Russia, officials appear to be clamping down on the few organisations trying to fight the spread of the virus. In recent weeks, authorities added two leading HIV-prevention groups to a "foreign agents" blacklist, as a broader crackdown on independent civil society hits the battle against HIV. "What sort of foreign agents are we?" asked Maxim Malyshev, who heads the programme at the Andrey Rylkov Foundation.



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Doubling numbers on HIV drugs could ‘break’ epidemic: UN

Doubling numbers on HIV drugs could 'break' epidemic: UNThe UN on Tuesday urged countries to "break the AIDS epidemic" by doubling the number of people receiving HIV treatment within the next five years. In a new report, UNAIDS hailed "extraordinary" progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS over the past 15 years, insisting the world had a chance of meeting the UN goal of eliminating AIDS as a global health threat by 2030. "We have moved from despair to hope," UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe told reporters in Geneva at the launch of the report.



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Double number of people on HIV meds to ‘break’ epidemic: UN says

A woman queues at s clinic during the launch of the new single dose anti-AIDs drug in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Johannesburg on April 8, 2013The UN on Tuesday urged countries to "break the AIDS epidemic" by doubling the number of people receiving HIV treatment within the next five years. In a new report, UNAIDS hailed "extraordinary" progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS over the past 15 years, insisting the world had a chance of meeting the UN goal of eliminating AIDS as a global health threat by 2030. "Every five years, we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment," UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe said in a statement.



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CDC: US sexually transmitted disease epidemic worsening

CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.
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