The strategy reinforces the need for expansion of needle and syringe programmes, wide availability of opioid substitution therapy (methadone and buprenorphine) and universal access to antiretroviral therapy. All of this must occur on a scale that can impact the epidemic. Much needs to be done if we are to achieve universal access. The strategy also addresses new challenges and the responses A strategy to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Asia and the Pacific, 2010–2015 required to overcome them, including the diagnosis and treatment of the hepatitis C co-infection and the need for evidence-based drug treatment for people who use methamphetamines.”
- Harm reduction
2. “The strategy adopts a “right to health” perspective. For PWUD, prevention, treatment and care must be delivered in adequate quantity, be accessible, affordable, of good quality, and provided by well-trained personnel, be culturally, scientifically and medically appropriate, gender sensitive and provided on a voluntary basis.