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Women who inject drugs and HIV: Addressing specific needs. Policy Brief

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

This policy brief aims to promote the realization of gender equality and human rights in terms of an effective harm reduction response to HIV for women who inject drugs in community and prison settings. It outlines a framework to achieve that goal which focuses on improving the availability, accessibility, affordability and acceptability of women-oriented harm reduction interventions. Suggested good practice tools and guidance are also provided.

This document is intended primarily for policymakers and programme managers to inform decisions on HIV services at national and local levels within countries. It is based on existing United Nations guidance documents. The policy brief is accompanied by a practical guide for governmental and non-governmental service providers on interventions addressing the needs of women who inject drugs.

  • People who use drugs (PUD)
  • Women
  • Global
  • Gender
  • Human rights
  • Inequalities in health
  • Policy
  • Stigma and discrimination
  • Work and HIV

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