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Author Topic: Globally, People Who Inject Drugs Rarely Receive Proper Services  (Read 5356 times)

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United Nations member states are failing to provide HIV and harm reduction services to people who inject drugs (PWID). That is according to a new report from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that found that the HIV infection rate has risen among PWID during the current decade—an estimated 1.4 percent of the PWID population contracted the virus in 2017—even as the global infection rate has declined.

Titled Health, rights and drugs: harm reduction, decriminalization and zero discrimination for people who use drugs, the report found that just 1 percent of the estimated 10.4 million people who injected drugs in 2016 lived in nations that provide adequate harm reduction services, including HIV testing and treatment. More than half of these individuals, the report estimated, have hepatitis C virus (HCV) and one in eight are HIV positive.



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