Transplant medications may help people living with HIV. Our Dr. Steven Deeks from our Univ. of California San Francisco site found immunosuppressant therapy given to transplant patients to reduce the risk of organ rejection, also reduces inflammation caused by HIV.
If upheld, Crimea’s vote to split from Ukraine to join Russia could leave one clear winner: HIV.
While Ukraine and Russia both have large HIV epidemics driven by drug injection, Ukraine has moved successfully to slow the spread of HIV, including with the prescription of the daily medicines methadone and buprenorphine to help patients stop injecting street drugs and manage the struggle with addiction. Russia prohibits these medicines, a ban dating back to a reality-by-decree in the 1950s that claimed drug use was a product of unregulated and decadent Western individualism impossible in the worker-owned state of the USSR.