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Investment needed for health and human rights of people who inject drugs

Posted 18 juillet 2014, 08:55 , by Guest

By Ishdeep Kohli, International HIV/AIDS Alliance

People who inject drugs remain one of the highest-risk groups for contracting HIV, but infringements of their human rights around the world threatens to derail progress on ending AIDS.

Globally, around 16 million people inject drugs (WHO) and 3 million of them are living with HIV – and it is critical that their needs are represented at the 20th International AIDS Conference .

Asia Pacific is the second region in the world most affected by HIV and now home to an estimated 4.9 million people living with HIV (UNAIDS). The majority of infections have occurred through sharing injecting equipment and unprotected sex. More...