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    Policy and programming guide for HIV / AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users.

    Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health

    Geneva, Switzerland, World Health Organization [WHO], Department of HIV / AIDS, 2005. [94] p.

    The epidemic of HIV infection and AIDS among injecting drug users (IDUs) and its spread from IDU populations to their sexual partners and the wider community is an important but often neglected aspect of the global AIDS pandemic. This neglect has resulted from: ignorance of the existence or extent of the epidemic; cultural, social and political constraints on the development of responses; and prejudice against people engaged in illegal behaviour such as drug use. Nevertheless, the major reasons these epidemics are so often neglected are the lack of understanding of the importance of controlling the epidemic, ignorance of effective methods for controlling the epidemic and a lack of knowledge about how to develop effective responses. (excerpt)
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