Study links increased access to methadone and decrease in spread of HIV
published on August 10, 2015 by John Ackermann in News 1130
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There is a link between increased access to methadone for injection drug users and a decrease in the spread of HIV, according to a new study.
Dr. Keith Ahamad with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS says researchers looked at a group of users on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside over a 13-year period.
“We noticed that those who were prescribed methadone when we first saw them … were significantly less likely – almost four times less likely – to contract HIV,” he explains.
The study, published in the journal “The Lancet HIV,” recommends other jurisdictions adopt BC’s model of allowing methadone be prescribed by primary care physicians.View the full article