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Language matters. Changing how people who use drugs are treated requires changing how we speak about them.
A ground-breaking review provides stark evidence of the damage criminalisation has on preventing and treating HIV among people who inject drugs.
The UNODC highlights disease burden, increased opioid abuse and a lack of treatment access in their global state of drug use report.
According to a recent report, 12 million people inject drugs globally, but they are often simply judged, looked down on, condemned or ignored. This has serious health and social consequences for them, their families and their communities – not least in terms of their risk of acquiring or passing on HIV and hepatitis C.
People who inject drugs are increasingly left behind in the HIV response, with limited access to harm reduction services that secure their rights and their health.
A bold new framework, part of the ‘Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free’ initiative, was launched at AIDS 2016 with the aim of ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women by 2020.
Only one in six of the 29 million people who are dependent on drugs are accessing the vital treatment and support services they need, according to new data released by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
25 million transgender people experience difficulties in accessing services that can help them feel supported and keep them both physically and mentally healthy, according to a landmark Lancet series on transgender health.
Negotiating the political minefield of global drug policy has left civil society and many progressive-thinking countries disappointed by the outcomes of last week’s United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problem, and frustrated by the UNGASS process.
Last week the Salamander Trust, in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health, published the report Building a safe house on firm grounds. The report provides healthcare professionals with guidelines to facilitate quality care, positive attitudes and good practice in the treatment and care of women living with HIV.