HIV Advocates Promotes the 1st International Harm Reduction Day through Social Media

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.
 
 
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May 6, 2014 - PRLog -- The 1st International Harm Reduction Day (May 7th) aims to promote evidence based public health policy, practice and human rights. Like HIV, drug use is a public health issue. In order to #endAIDS we need to be able to ensure that people who use drugs (PUDs) have access to health services that prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS and fight against the criminalization and stigma and discrimination that are barriers to this success.

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.

HIV Advocates shares this information on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Sina Weibo to help advocates reach out; amplifying the voices of people working on the ground on HIV and harm reduction.

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