WHO WPRO and SEARO Biregional Strategy on Harm Reduction 2005-2009: HIV and Injecting Drug Use

Policy makers are encouraged to adopt an evidence-based approach, implementing proven intervention strategies that lower HIV prevalence among people who inject drugs. Specifically, these strategies embrace advocacy and policy adjustment, HIV prevention information and education, access to the means of prevention (condoms and lubricant, needles and syringes, cleaning materials), voluntary and confidential HIV counselling and testing (VCT), the availability of and referral to a range of drug dependence treatment options including drug substitution therapy, treatment care and support services, as well as antiretroviral therapy (ART) for drug users living with HIV/AIDS.

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