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WHO - World Health Organization, UNAIDS - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
Advocacy Guide: HIV/AIDS Prevention Among Injecting Drug Users
World Health Organization, Geneva, 2004, 120 pp
92 4 159182 X

"This manual was prepared by the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) and written by Dave Burrows, Consultant on HIV/AIDS and injecting drug use issues, Sydney, Australia. The following people edited the document: Andrew Ball, Monica Beg, Gundo Weiler, Richard Steen and Isabelle de Zoysa, Department of HIV/AIDS, WHO; Karl-Lorenz
Dehne and Christian Kroll, Vienna Offi ce, UNAIDS; and Moruf Adelekan and Chris van der Burgh, UNODC." Reproduced with WHO's kind permission.


"HIV/AIDS among IDUs remains a neglected issue. Although policy-makers, programme planners at the community and national levels and international donors have paid increasing attention to HIV/AIDS in recent years, the specifi c epidemics of HIV/AIDS among IDUs and the response needed have attracted much less attention and funding. Efforts have been made within the United Nations to harmonize policies on global drug control and HIV/AIDS prevention and to build interagency collaborative mechanisms; however, country-level capacity to address HIV/AIDS among IDUs remains low. Prevention services remain extremely limited in most places. Care and support services frequently remain unavailable for IDUs and are not tailored to their specifi c needs, even where programming and funding for HIV/AIDS prevention has considerably expanded otherwise. A review of country responses in 2002 noted that IDUs tend to be excluded from highly active antiretroviral therapy, and often even from basic primary care, almost everywhere. An extra effort is therefore necessary to promote equal HIV/AIDS prevention and care among IDUs."

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