Time to act: a call for comprehensive responses to HIV in people who use drugs.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The published work on HIV in people who use drugs shows that the global burden of HIV infection in this group can be reduced. Concerted action by governments, multilateral organisations, health systems, and individuals could lead to enormous benefits for families, communities, and societies. We review the evidence and identify synergies between biomedical science, public health, and human rights. Cost-effective interventions, including needle and syringe exchange programmes, opioid substitution therapy, and expanded access to HIV treatment and care, are supported on public health and human rights grounds; however, only around 10% of people who use drugs worldwide are being reached, and far too many are imprisoned for minor offences or detained without trial. To change this situation will take commitment, advocacy, and political courage to advance the action agenda. Failure to do so will exacerbate the spread of HIV infection, undermine treatment programmes, and continue to expand prison populations with patients in need of care.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beyrer, C; Malinowska-Sempruch, K; Kamarulzaman, A; Kazatchkine, M; Sidibe, M; Strathdee, SA

Published Date

  • August 14, 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 376 / 9740

Start / End Page

  • 551 - 563

PubMed ID

  • 20650515

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3682471

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1474-547X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60928-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England