Principles for preventing HIV infection among drug users
AbstractIn WHO's European Region, injecting drug users constitute the largest group of AIDS and HIV cases. Unsafe drug-injecting behaviour is the main route of transmission of HIV. In several countries of central and eastern Europe and central Asia the number of new HIV cases is increasing rapidly, particularly among injecting drug users. This makes prevention of HIV infection among injecting drug users a public health priority. National and local authorities are encountered with a problem of how to respond adequately to the emerging epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS. This document, developed by WHO in cooperation with UNAIDS and the Council of Europe, sets out the basic principles for preventing HIV infection among injecting drug users. It is based on worldwide experience of effective preven-tion programmes. The document provides a framework for develop-ment of appropriate policies on national and local levels, and specifies actions to arrest the epidemic of HIV infection among drug users thereby reducing the danger of the epidemic spreading to the general population
World Health Organization. Regional Office for Europe. (1998). Principles for preventing HIV infection among drug users. Copenhagen. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/108080
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