HIV, sex-workers and injecting drug users: developing a rights-based approach in Central Asia and Eastern Europe

Evgenia Maron and Bobby Ramakant - CNS
According to the joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only region where HIV prevalence remains on the rise. The number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) has almost tripled since 2000, and reached an estimated total of 1.4 million in 2009. A rapid rise in HIV infections among injecting drug users (IDU) at the turn of the century caused the epidemic in this region to surge, and the epidemic is concentrated mainly among people who inject drugs, sex workers, their sexual partners and, to a lesser extent, men who have sex with men (MSM). About one quarter of the 3.7 million people who inject drugs in this region are living with HIV. Read more 

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