Guidance on Testing and Counselling for HIV in Settings Attended by People Who Inject Drugs - Improving Access to Treatment, Care and Prevention

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Authors:
WHO(South-East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region) and UNODC(Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific)

Publication details

Publication date: 2009
Price: US $ 10
ISBN: 9789290613985
Number of pages: 71

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Summary

This document offers basic operational guidance on HIV testing and counseling in settings attended by people who inject drugs (PWID). It is intended for a wide audience, including policy-makers, HIV/AIDS programme planners and coordinators, care providers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) providing services for HIV-related conditions, and civil society groups. This is a joint publication of WHO (WPRO and SEARO) and UNODC (Regional Centre for East Asia and the Pacific). It is an additional instrument to allow people who use drugs to access health services, respecting the diversity and the human rights of all at need.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) strongly support the continued scaling up of client-initiated and provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling. Health and other facilities providing services for PWID represent a key point of contact with people who are in need of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. This document that later can be translated and adapted for different country realities in Asia and the Pacific, will certainly be a powerful new tool in the direction of universal access for prevention, care, support and treatment for all at need.