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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650606/association-of-testosterone-levels-and-heroin-usage-characteristics-in-male-heroin-users
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BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that heroin abuse can alter the gonadal functions. Few studies examined the association between testosterone levels and heroin use in the existing literature. We aimed to determine the association between gonadal hormones and heroin usage characteristics over 12 weeks of abstinence in heroin users. METHODS: We collected data on patient demographics and heroin use patterns for 65 men aged 18 to 45 and for 29 age-matched healthy controls...
May 26, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646469/the-cathinones-mdpv-and-%C3%AE-pvp-elicit-different-behavioral-and-molecular-effects-following-acute-exposure
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Giuseppe Giannotti, Isabella Canazza, Lucia Caffino, Sabrine Bilel, Andrea Ossato, Fabio Fumagalli, Matteo Marti
Since the mid-to-late 2000s, synthetic cathinones have gained popularity among drug users due to their psychostimulant effects greater than those produced by cocaine and amphetamine. Among them, 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and 1-phenyl-2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)pentan-1-one (α-PVP) are ones of the most popular cathinones available in the clandestine market as "bath salts" or "fertilizers." Pre-clinical studies indicate that MDPV and α-PVP induced psychomotor stimulation, affected thermoregulation, and promoted reinforcing properties in rodents...
June 23, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645060/young-people-who-use-drugs-engaged-in-harm-reduction-programs-in-new-york-city-overdose-and-other-risks
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Michele Calvo, Jessica MacFarlane, Heather Zaccaro, Matthew Curtis, María Cabán, Jamie Favaro, Marian R Passannante, Taeko Frost
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the engagement of young people who use drugs (PWUD) in harm reduction programs (HRPs), and few studies have included non-opioid users and non-injectors. While HRPs have effectively engaged PWUD, young people are under-represented in their services. METHODS: The Injection Drug Users Health Alliance Citywide Study (IDUCS) is the largest community-based study of PWUD in HRPs in the US. From 2014-2015, 2421 HRP participants across New York City (NYC) completed a cross-sectional survey...
June 15, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638824/dual-epidemics-of-club-drug-use-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-chinese-female-sex-workers-new-challenges-to-sti-prevention
#4
Jing Li, Xiang-Dong Gong, Xiaoli Yue, Ning Jiang
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate club drug use and its potential association with STI among female sex workers (FSWs) in China. METHODS: From November 2008 to January 2009, participants were recruited at sex work venues in five cities for a questionnaire survey. Free testing for syphilis, Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) was provided. Logistic regression models were used to assess factors associated with club drug use and its association with STI...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636638/outcomes-from-a-large-10-year-hepatitis-c-treatment-programme-in-people-who-inject-drugs-no-effect-of-recent-or-former-injecting-drug-use-on-treatment-adherence-or-therapeutic-response
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Omar Elsherif, Ciaran Bannan, Shay Keating, Susan McKiernan, Colm Bergin, Suzanne Norris
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: People who inject drugs (PWID) are historically viewed as having "difficult to treat" hepatitis C disease, with perceived inferior treatment adherence and outcomes, and concerns regarding reinfection risk. We evaluated for differences in treatment adherence and response to Peginterferon-alfa-2a/Ribavirin (Peg-IFNα/RBV) in a large urban cohort with and without a history of remote or recent injection drug use. METHODS: Patient data was retrospectively reviewed for 1000 consecutive patients-608 former (no injecting drug use for 6 months of therapy), 85 recent (injecting drug use within 6 months) PWID, and 307 non-drug users who were treated for chronic hepatitis C with Peg-IFNα/RBV...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633458/causes-of-death-and-mortality-trends-of-all-individuals-reported-with-hiv-aids-in-israel-1985-2010
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Zohar Mor, Rivka Sheffer, Daniel Chemtob
Background: Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) has changed life-expectancy and mortality trends among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) since 1996. This retrospective cohort study aimed to assess the mortality epidemiology of PLWHA in Israel and analyze the causes of death. Methods: This cohort study included all adult Israeli-citizens PLWHA between 1985 and 2010 and crossed matched with the Civil Registry to identify those who died. Death certificates were classified into AIDS or non-AIDS deaths related-causes...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632094/the-interactive-effects-of-social-support-and-physical-functioning-on-hiv-medical-outcomes-among-african-americans-whom-inject-drugs
#7
Allysha C Maragh-Bass, Julie A Denison, Roland J Thorpe, Amy R Knowlton
Research suggests a syndemic of substance use, mental illness, and familial conflict is associated with poor HIV medical outcomes among African American persons living with HIV (PLHIV). Social support may facilitate positive health outcomes. This study explores psychosocial correlates of HIV medical outcomes, defined as undetectable viral load (UVL) and acute care minimization. Data were from baseline of the BEACON study (N = 351). UVL was ≤40 copies/mL. Acute care minimization was defined as no ER visits and/or hospitalizations in 6 months...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631527/buprenorphine-naloxone-versus-methadone-and-lofexidine-in-community-stabilisation-and-detoxification-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-low-dose-short-term-opiate-dependent-individuals
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Fergus D Law, Alison M Diaper, Jan K Melichar, Simon Coulton, David J Nutt, Judy S Myles
Buprenorphine/naloxone, methadone and lofexidine are medications with utility in the treatment of opiate withdrawal. We report the first randomised controlled trial to compare the effects of these two medications on withdrawal symptoms and outcome during opiate induction/stabilisation and detoxification. A double-blind randomised controlled trial was conducted in an outpatient satellite clinic of a specialist drug service. Eighty opiate dependent individuals meeting DSM-IV criteria for opiate dependence, using ⩽ ½ g heroin smoked/chased or ¼ g heroin injected or ⩽ 30mg methadone, with ⩽ 3 years of opioid dependency, underwent a short-term opiate treatment programme involving induction/stabilisation on methadone 30mg or buprenorphine/naloxone 4mg/1mg, followed by detoxification (where the methadone group was assisted by lofexidine)...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628527/antiretroviral-prescription-and-viral-suppression-in-a-representative-sample-of-hiv-infected-persons-in-care-in-four-large-metropolitan-areas-of-the-united-states-medical-monitoring-project-2011-figure-dash-2013
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Amy Rock Wohl, Nanette Benbow, Judith Tejero, Christopher Johnson, Susan Scheer, Kathleen Brady, Alexandra Gagner, Alison Hughes, Michael Eberhart, Christine Mattson, Jacek Skarbinski
BACKGROUND: Comparisons of ART prescription and viral suppression among people in HIV care across U.S. metropolitan areas are limited. 2011-2013 Medical Monitoring Project data were used to describe and compare associations between socio-demographics and ART prescription and viral suppression for persons receiving HIV care. SETTING: Chicago, Los Angeles County (LAC), Philadelphia, and San Francisco in the United States. METHODS: Bivariate and multivariable methods were used...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622403/using-network-sampling-and-recruitment-data-to-understand-social-structures-related-to-community-health-in-a-population-of-people-who-inject-drugs-in-rural-puerto-rico
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Mayra Coronado-García, Courtney R Thrash, Melissa Welch-Lazoritz, Robin Gauthier, Juan Carlos Reyes, Bilal Khan, Kirk Dombrowski
OBJECTIVE: This research examined the social network and recruitment patterns of a sample of people who inject drugs (PWIDs) in rural Puerto Rico, in an attempt to uncover systematic clustering and between-group social boundaries that potentially influence disease spread. METHODS: Respondent driven sampling was utilized to obtain a sample of PWID in rural Puerto Rico. Through eight initial "seeds", 317 injection drug users were recruited. Using recruitment patterns of this sample, estimates of homophily and affiliation were calculated using RDSAT...
June 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618980/evaluating-the-care-cascade-after-antiretroviral-therapy-initiation-in-latin-america
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Marcelo J Wolff, Claudia P Cortes, Fernando A Mejìa, Denis Padgett, Pablo Belaunzarán-Zamudio, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Mark J Giganti, Catherine C McGowan, Peter F Rebeiro
Accelerating antiretroviral therapy (ART) administration, improving retention, and achieving viral suppression in low- and middle-income countries must be prioritized. We evaluated trends and disparities in these milestones in a large Latin American cohort. Adults starting ART (ARTstart) from 2003 to 2014 at Caribbean, Central, and South America network for HIV epidemiology sites were assessed for care cascade outcomes: CD4 cell count >200 cells/mm(3) at ARTstart; retention (≥1 visit at one year after ARTstart); viral suppression (≥1 HIV-1 RNA <200 copies/ml at one year after ARTstart)...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618736/frequency-of-human-parvovirus-4-parv4-viremia-among-hbv-infected-patients-and-healthy-donors-in-shiraz-iran
#12
Fereshte Amirahmadi, Jamal Sarvari, Seyed Younes Hosseini, Neda Pirbonyeh, Ali Akbar Gorzin
BACKGROUND/AIM: PARV4, a small DNA virus belonging to the family Parvoviridae, was first isolated in an HBV injecting drug user. Several studies have investigated PARV4 co-infection with HBV and HCV and its effect on the progression of liver disease. The aim of this study was to determine the frequency of PARV4 among HBV-infected patients and healthy individuals. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of 90 HBV patients and a group of 90 healthy subjects were included in this study...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618285/belgian-experience-with-direct-acting-antivirals-in-people-who-inject-drugs
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Rob Bielen, Christophe Moreno, Hans Van Vlierberghe, Stefan Bourgeois, Jean-Pierre Mulkay, Thomas Vanwolleghem, Wim Verlinden, Christian Brixko, Jochen Decaestecker, Chantal De Galocsy, Filip Janssens, Mike Cool, Lode Van Overbeke, Christophe Van Steenkiste, François D'heygere, Wilfried Cools, Frederik Nevens, Geert Robaeys
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) has become a curable disease due to the development of direct acting antivirals (DAA). The WHO has set a target to eliminate HCV completely. Therefore, people who inject drugs (PWID) also need to be treated. In this study, we compared the real-life uptake and outcome of DAA treatment for HCV in PWID and non-PWID. METHODS: We performed a nation-wide, retrospective cohort study in 15 hospitals. All patients who were treated with simeprevir-sofosbuvir, daclatasvir-sofosbuvir, or ombitasvir/paritaprevir ritonavir-dasabuvir between December 2013 and November 2015 were included...
May 30, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615023/access-to-treatment-for-hepatitis-c-among-injection-drug-users-results-from-the-cross-sectional-hope-iv-study
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Kyriakos Souliotis, Eirini Agapidaki, Manto Papageorgiou, Niki Voudouri, Xenophon Contiades
BACKGROUND: Evidence suggests that Greece is among the European countries with increased trend in HCV prevalence among injecting drug users (IDUs) from 2008 to 2014. Nonetheless, the access of IDUs to treatment for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is very limited while the risk of co-infection and transmission remains high. In an effort to better understand the inhibitors to HCV treatment, the present study aimed to investigate the main barriers to access in a sample of IDUs. METHODS: The cross-sectional study was carried out between July and September 2015 using a 23-items questionnaire...
June 14, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611512/hepatitis-a-virus-infection-and-hepatitis-a-vaccination-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-positive-patients-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Kuan-Yin Lin, Guan-Jhou Chen, Yu-Lin Lee, Yi-Chia Huang, Aristine Cheng, Hsin-Yun Sun, Sui-Yuan Chang, Chun-Eng Liu, Chien-Ching Hung
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is one of the most common infectious etiologies of acute hepatitis worldwide. The virus is known to be transmitted fecal-orally, resulting in symptoms ranging from asymptomatic infection to fulminant hepatitis. HAV can also be transmitted through oral-anal sex. Residents from regions of low endemicity for HAV infection often remain susceptible in their adulthood. Therefore, clustered HAV infections or outbreaks of acute hepatitis A among men who have sex with men and injecting drug users have been reported in countries of low endemicity for HAV infection...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611509/hepatitis-c-in-injection-drug-users-it-is-time-to-treat
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EDITORIAL
Alberto Grassi, Giorgio Ballardini
Injection drug users (IDUs) are at risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, due to needle and syringe sharing. Chronic HCV infection is a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality but can be cured with antiviral treatment leading to sustained viral response (SVR). It is well demonstrated that, when close cooperation between specialists in drug addiction and psychiatrists is assured, patients on maintenance treatment with methadone/buprenorphine can be treated for HCV with response rate, tolerability and side effects similar to those reported in non-IDUs...
May 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607411/an-immunization-strategy-for-hidden-populations
#17
Saran Chen, Xin Lu
Hidden populations, such as injecting drug users (IDUs), sex workers (SWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM), are considered at high risk of contracting and transmitting infectious diseases such as AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis etc. However, public health interventions to such groups are prohibited due to strong privacy concerns and lack of global information, which is a necessity for traditional strategies such as targeted immunization and acquaintance immunization. In this study, we introduce an innovative intervention strategy to be used in combination with a sampling approach that is widely used for hidden populations, Respondent-driven Sampling (RDS)...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605424/identification-of-homophily-and-preferential-recruitment-in-respondent-driven-sampling
#18
Forrest W Crawford, Peter M Aronow, Li Zeng, Jianghong Li
Respondent-driven sampling (RDS) is a link-tracing procedure used in epidemiological research on hidden or hard-to-reach populations in which subjects recruit others via their social network. Estimates from RDS studies may have poor statistical properties due to statistical dependence in sampled subjects' traits. Two distinct mechanisms account for dependence in an RDS study: homophily, the tendency for individuals to share social ties with others exhibiting similar characteristics, and preferential recruitment, in which recruiters do not recruit uniformly at random from their network alters...
June 9, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605301/cold-preparation-of-heroin-in-a-black-tar-market
#19
Alexis M Roth, Richard F Armenta, Karla D Wagner, Steffanie A Strathdee, Jesse L Goldshear, Jazmine Cuevas-Mota, Richard S Garfein
BACKGROUND: Black tar heroin is typically prepared for injection with heat which decreases the risk of HIV transmission by inactivating the virus. We received reports that persons who inject drugs (PWID) in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, a black tar heroin market, were using only water to dissolve heroin. OBJECTIVES: Because Tijuana abuts San Diego County, CA, United States, we undertook the present analyses to determine the prevalence of this practice among PWID in San Diego, California...
June 12, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601512/epidemiology-of-fentanyl-involved-drug-overdose-deaths-a-geospatial-retrospective-study-in-rhode-island-usa
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Brandon D L Marshall, Maxwell S Krieger, Jesse L Yedinak, Patricia Ogera, Priya Banerjee, Nicole E Alexander-Scott, Josiah D Rich, Traci C Green
BACKGROUND: We conducted an epidemiological investigation of fentanyl and non-fentanyl overdose deaths in Rhode Island to inform overdose prevention efforts. METHODS: All drug overdose deaths occurring in Rhode Island between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016 were included. Overdose circumstances and decedent characteristics were ascertained from medical examiner files. Toxicological reports provided quantification of fentanyl and metabolites. ArcGIS was used to map exact overdose locations...
June 7, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
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