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07 June 2019

Percentage rise in prison population and contribution to HIV infections

The proportion of people in prison has grown by around 20% since the year 2000. This is greater than population growth, which has expanded by 18%. Over this time, while the proportion of male prisoners has grown by 18%, the proportion of women in prison has increased by 50%.

07 June 2019

Prisoners are 5 times more likely to be living with HIV

UNAIDS estimates that people in prison are on average five times more likely to be living with HIV compared with adults who are not incarcerated. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the difference to be even starker, suggesting prisoners are 15 times more likely to be HIV-positive than those who are not in imprisoned.

28 May 2019

Human Rights: Discrimination against women and girls creates barriers to the HIV response

Discrimination, including rape and early marriage, prevents women and girls from being able to adequately protect themselves from HIV. Sometimes gender inequality is entrenched in a country’s laws. Women and girls face unequal access to their rights in many contexts and lack the freedom to make informed choices.

28 May 2019

Human Rights: Discrimination against people living with HIV creates barriers to the HIV response

The impact of HIV-related stigma and discrimination is far reaching. For example, one in five people living with HIV have been denied healthcare, including family planning services or dental work, according to data gathered by countries that monitor healthcare-related discrimination. 

13 March 2019

Countries in Asia offering opioid substitution therapy

Just under half (46%) of the total global population of people who inject drugs live in Asia.

13 March 2019

Global availability of opioid subsitution therapy in the community and in prisons

Despite World Health Organization advice that OST should be prioritised for people who inject drugs, fewer than half of the countries where injecting drug use is evident offered OST in 2018.