Harm reduction among injecting drug users
Harm reduction is the application of good public health principles to the problem of HIV. It is a phrase used to describe a concept aiming to prevent or reduce negative health consequences associated with certain behaviours.
In relation to drug use, harm reduction is consistent with a pragmatic public health approach to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in which evidence-based HIV/AIDS strategies targeting drug users are promoted.
Injecting drug use is one of the fastest growing routes of HIV infection in many parts of the world, primarily because needles, syringes and drug preparation equipment are frequently shared, enabling rapid spread of the virus.
Programmes and activities
Documents and publications
Biregional meeting on the dissemination and roll-out of the WHO 2014 Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations
A strategy to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic among people who inject drugs in Asia and the Pacific 2010-2015
Good Practice in Asia: Targeted HIV Prevention for Injecting Drug Users and Sex Workers - Viet Nam's first large-scale national harm reduction initiative