This new movie produced by Drugreporter and filmed at the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, explores the most effective tools for ending the HIV epidemic while sparing a thought for the six well-known HIV researchers and activists who died in the crash of MH17.
Dr. Eliot Ross Albers, Executive Director of the International Network of People who Use Drugs discusses the importance of overcoming stigma, discrimination and criminalisation for drug users and key populations in general.
The video shows a documentary about the neuroscientist, Karl Hart, professor at Columbia University, who got international attention after questioning the common sense about the use, abuse and addiction on crack cocaine.
A recent study has revealed that the HIV prevalence rate amongst injecting drug users in New Zealand to have fallen to just 0.2 percent; the lowest ever recorded in New Zealand and likely the lowest anywhere in the world.
While huge numbers of people and organisations all over the world have been calling for drug policy reform, including the Global Commission on Drug Policy, the WHO has now joined our call for the decriminalisation of drug use.
In an era of limited resources, HIV prevention, care, and treatment efforts need to focus on the smartest investments.This means investing in programmes that can have the greatest impact in halting HIV transmission and turning back the epidemic.
Legal systems which encourage openness and transparency, promote comprehensive anti-discrimination codes, and treat consensual behaviour by adults in private as a matter beyond the reach of the criminal code tend to have much greater success in dealing effectively with HIV.