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The prevalence of HIV in prison populations has been estimated to be up to 10 times higher than in the general population according to a new UNAIDS report. Prisons in Moldova have implemented an innovative programme and are helping prisoners to get a new lease on life.
The Commissioner for Fundamental Rights found that the closure of the largest needle and syringe program in Budapest violated the right to health and the mayor is now accusing the ombudsman of “being controlled by the drug lobby”.
The local mayor has been trying to convince local residents that the solution is to close down needle exchange programs, and rely on law enforcement to eliminate drug use - the campaign states that the real solution is harm reduction.
Representatives from 15 Tajik civil society groups presented recommendations on how to ensure key populations are the focus of HIV prevention activities to the country coordination mechanism, as it prepares its concept note submissions to the Global Fund.
Two presentations given at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), held in Melbourne, Australia, provide significant evidence that harm reduction programmes successfully prevent HIV infection among people who inject drugs (PWID).