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Harm reduction


Alternative Names
  • Harm minimisation

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This topic encompasses the spectrum of prevention-related strategies and services that seek to reduce the risk to individuals of either acquiring or transmitting HIV. It includes policy relating to HIV-infected people, injecting drug use and users' sex and needle-sharing partners, as well as access to counselling, testing and other prevention and support initiatives such as education and needle and syringe programs.

Prepared by: Adam Bowles

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  • 'Development Bulletin', Special issue: HIV/AIDS: Implications for Development, no. 52, Development Studies Network, Australian National University, 2000, 77 pp. [ PDF File | Details... ]