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Looking Beyond Bugs to Consider Drugs: Drug User Health and HIV/HCV Prevention and Treatment


Published Date: 03/11/2024

Expiration Date: 02/19/2027

CE Credit: CME:1


The principles of harm reduction in HIV medicine have been most highly driven through their empathic incorporation in strategies to minimize the harms caused by injection drug use, as exemplified by the effect of needle exchange on the reduction of HIV and HCV transmission and the evolution to HCV treatment as prevention. In this program, Dr. Brianna Norton will help prepare us to prevent, diagnose, and treat HCV coinfection and re-infection in people living with HIV as a continuous effort in harm reduction.


Brianna Norton,DO, MPH

Brianna Norton, DO, MPH is an Infectious Diseases physician, researcher, and public health advocate. Dr. Norton spent the last decade at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY treating patients for HIV, Hepatitis C, and opioid use disorder in community settings such as primary care clinics, methadone treatment programs, and syringe exchange programs. She has been the PI and co-investigator on multiple NIH research grants that aimed at increasing access to quality care for people who use drugs, and also founded of one of the first drug user health clinics that was located onsite at a syringe exchange program. She has recently joined the NYS Department of Health as the Deputy Medical Director of the AIDS Institute.

Learning Objectives

  • Define Harm Reduction Principles
  • Be aware of recent HIV and HCV outbreaks among PWID (people who inject drugs)
  • Articulate how to reduce HIV and HCV infections for people who inject drugs
  • Understand the data for HCV treatment among PWID and HIV/HCV co-infected

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