UNAIDS believes that drug users can be protected from becoming infected with HIV if comprehensive, evidence-informed and human-rights-based interventions are made accessible to all drug users.

“Effective harm reduction approaches include access to clean needles, opioid substitution therapy for opiate users, access to antiretroviral therapy and reducing sexual transmission of HIV from drug users to their sexual partners through condom promotion,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. “But current coverage of these services is appallingly low.”

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