Snapshot 2016: People who Inject Drugs in Asia and the Pacific. UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific and AIDS Data Hub. (2017)

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The report prepared by UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific and AIDS Data Hub provides information on the HIV epidemic and response on people who inject drugs in Asia and the Pacific.

 

 

Keywords: HIV, PWID, hepatitis C, drugs, needle and syringe

 

 

 

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2015 Size Estimation of Key Affected Populations in the Philippines. Epidemiology Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines. (2016)

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This 2015, the Epidemiology Bureau of the Department of Health (DOH-EB), together with various partners conducted several activities with the goal of updating the size estimates of KAP in the country, specifically among Males who have Sex with Males (MSM), Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Injecting Drug Users (IDU).
With these updated information, the DOH-EB aims to guide the national, regional, and local HIV program to set appropriate targets for the provision and monitoring of services specific for these key affected populations in different parts of the country.

 

Keywords: HIV, IHBSS sites, national level, mapping, city

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A Public Health Approach to Drug Use in Asia. Godwin J. (2016)

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In this report, the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) offers recommendations based on evidence and examples of good practice to inform a shift in policy responses to drug use in Asia away from criminalisation and punishment, and towards public health and harm reduction. It describes effective approaches to the decriminalisation of drug use. It also discusses approaches implemented in Asia that have proven ineffective, such as the detention of people who use drugs in compulsory centres as a form of ‘rehabilitation’.


Keywords: drug, decriminalisation, healthcare, criminal justice system, harm reduction

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Do No Harm - Health, Human Rights and People who Use Drugs. UNAIDS. (2016)

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Evidence supports the need for a shift in the global approach to drug use. In this report, Do no harm: health, human rights and people who use drugs, UNAIDS shows what works to reduce the impact of HIV and other harms related to drug use. Countries that have moved away from laws and policies that are harmful to people who use drugs and that have increased investment in harm reduction have reduced new HIV infections and improved health outcomes. These policies also deliver broader social benefits, such as lower levels of drug-related crime and reduced pressure on health-care and criminal justice systems.


Keywords: HIV, PWID, harm reduction, health care, stigma, discrimination, prisons

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Factsheet: HARiS - HIV and AIDS Response Indicator Survey 2015 for Injecting Drug User. Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health. (2016)

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In Hong Kong, the number of HIV cases transmitted through injecting drug use (IDU) has remained low up till now and contributed to less than 5% of all reported cases cumulatively. However, the potential risk of cluster outbreak and rapid upsurge of infection among the IDU population is always a concern. To monitor HIV-related risk behaviours and access to HIV testing services among IDU, this population has been included as one of the four at-risk populations in the HIV/AIDS Response Indicator Survey (HARiS) implemented since 2013. The third round of survey was conducted in 2015 via commissioning to the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease, School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Keywords: Hong Kong, HIV, IDU, STI, sexual behaviours, testing, needle, condom

 

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IDPC Progress Report 2015-2016. International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). (2016)

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The period covered by this progress report has been highly eventful, not least because of the recent UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs (UNGASS) which was held in April 2016. It is also the year in which IDPC proudly commemorates our 10th anniversary. IDPC was officially founded in 2006 after a small group of civil society organisations identified a need for a global network to coordinate advocacy efforts for drug policy reform. Since then the IDPC membership has grown exponentially in size, diversity of issues, visibility, and influence. We welcomed our 150th member this past year and we are as committed as ever to collective and collaborative advocacy to advance genuine and lasting reform in drug policies. In early 2016, we also finalised our strategy for the coming five years (2016 to 2020) which builds on our work to date and commits us to redouble our efforts in regional and national level networking while ensuring a strong link to the global debates.

 

Keywords: drugs, harm reduction, UNGASS, civil society

 

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Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) Survey among Female Injecting Drug Users in Kathmandu Valley - Round I. National Centre for AIDS and STD Control. (2016)

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This is the first round of the IBBS survey conducted among Female Injecting Drug Users in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts). A total of 160 females of 16 years and above who had been injecting drugs for at least three months preceding the survey were recruited randomly using Network sampling method.

The fieldwork for the survey was conducted from April to July 2016. The survey was undertaken primarily to track the prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infection among Female Injecting Drug Users. The aim of the survey was to find out the baseline status of comprehensive knowledge of HIVAID, risky sexual and injecting behaviors among Female Injecting Drug Users, their exposure to various HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support programs. The Information was collected using tablet based structured questionnaire and the prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C was tested by using rapid kits.

 


Keywords: Nepal, HIV, HCV, STI, drugs, prevalence, sexual behavior, condom use

 

 

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Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS) Survey among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID- Male) in Western to Far Western Terai Highway Districts of Nepal - Round V. National Centre for AIDS and STD Control. (2016)

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The National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) conducts Integrated Biological behavioral survey at regular interval among Key Affected Populations (KAPs). The existing National HIV and AIDS Strategy (2011-2016) identifies that People who Inject Drugs (PWIDs), Female Sex Workers (FSWs) and their clients, Male Labor Migrants (MLMs) and their spouses, and Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) are the key affected populations (KAPs) (NCASC, 2014). The surveys help to assess the prevalence of HIV and AIDS and STIs among them and the risk behavior related to it.

This is the fifth round of survey conducted among males who inject drugs in 7 highway districts in Terai from Western to Far-western region of Nepal. A total of 300 men were selected as the sample among the ones who met the criteria of the study population. The study found that there is a prevalence of HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C in the study population. The drug injecting and sexual risk behavior related to HIV and AIDS, STIs, HBV and HCV was assessed and the knowledge of the PWIDs related to prevention of HIV and AIDS, STIs and HCV and their behavior seeking health care was also identified.

 

Keywords: Nepal, HIV, STI, PWID, hepatitis C, sexual behavior, treatment

 

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Key Populations taking the Lead. LINKAGES. (2016)

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In many countries, however, men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and people who inject drugs are taking the lead to ensure that their peers receive the services they need. This issue of The Link highlights some of these efforts as it examines the promise of peer-led and peer-assisted interventions designed to increase access to and uptake of HIV prevention, care, and treatment services.


Keywords: HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, stigma and discrimination, health services, key populations

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People who Use Drugs: Stop TB Key Populations Brief. Stop TB Partnership. (2016)

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Globally, people who use drugs (PWUD) remain stigmatized and criminalized, which contributes to devastating health disparities, including extremely high rates of TB often combined with HIV and viral hepatitis. The range of these health issues and the prevailing lack of integrated health services capable of delivering TB, HIV, and harm reduction services in one place largely contribute to the scope of the TB crisis in communities of PWUD.


Keywords: TB, PWUD, HIV, advocacy, community, laws, policy, criminalization, treatment, stigma

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