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Experts warn growing injection opioid use may lead to increases in HIV rate

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and clinical associate Dr. Andrea Lerner wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that growing rates of injection drug use threatens to increase rates of new HIV diagnoses, and rural areas are particularly vulnerable due to a lack of prevention and treatment resources. "This lack of harm-reduction services threatens to reverse decades of progress and recapitulate the devastating effects that IDU-related transmissions had during the earlier years of the HIV epidemic in the United States," they write.

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