UNAIDS Releases Brief On Harm Reduction To Reduce HIV Transmission

In a feature story on its site, UNAIDS writes, “Injecting drug use continues to drive the HIV epidemic in many countries around the world. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2013 it was estimated that between 11 million and 22 million people inject drugs globally and that 1.6 million (1.2 million–3.9 million) were living with HIV. … Addressing participants at the High-Level Segment of the 57th U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé emphasized the urgent need to provide effective services. … As part of its continuing work to demonstrate the benefits of actively scaling up quality programs that are based on human rights and public health needs, UNAIDS released an advocacy brief… [which] gives examples from around the world on the importance of investing in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programs for people who use drugs; the need to engage people who use drugs in program development; and the importance of implementing strong and effective harm reduction programs” (3/18).