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[United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime] UN report focuses on spread of HIV through drug injection. (25 Sep 2008)

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Findings published today in The Lancet show that nearly 16 million people are estimated to inject drugs worldwide. Almost 40% of people who inject drugs were estimated to be living in China, the USA and Russia. In some low- and middle-income countries, more than 40% of all injecting drug users are HIV positive.

The study, carried out by the Reference Group to the United Nations on HIV and Injecting Drug Use, is based on a review of 11,000 documents from published, government and non-government reports, as well as consultations with world experts in the field. The expert group provides independent technical advice to United Nations' agencies addressing injecting drug use and HIV, including: the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNAIDS Secretariat.

Item Type:News
Source:United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Date:25 September 2008
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
VA Geographic area > International aspects
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control

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