Today, up to 10 percent of global HIV infections are due to injecting drug use. If sub-Saharan Africa is excluded, this number climbs to 30 percent.
What is harm reduction? Harm Reduction is a set of policies, programmes and practices that aim to reduce the negative health, social and economic consequences of the use of legal and illegal psychoactive drugs. The harm reduction package includes making sure that PUDs have access to proven and effective HIV and Hepatitis C prevention methods such as needle and syringe exchange programmes (NSPs), opiate substitution therapy (OST), and ART treatment.
HIV Advocates’ community partners have been working on harm reduction advocacy worldwide and share their stories on our social media platforms. These include Thai Treatment Action Group (TTAG), which has been fighting for affordable treatment, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network (EHRN), which advocates against police abuse and institutionalized stigma and discrimination, and Human Rights Watch (HRW), highlights the work of underground network of harm reduction advocates in Louisiana, US.
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