Policy and programming guide for HIV/AIDS prevention and care among injecting drug users

14 March 2005

ISBN 92 4 159295 8

The guide concentrates on distilling the principles from policies and programmes that have worked well in responding to HIV/AIDS epidemics among IDUs. These principles can be transferred to other societies, but there is no definitive answer as to what will work. The issues involved in developing and sustaining effective responses to HIV/AIDS and injecting drug use are complex, and every society and community is different. How these principles are expressed in a specific society depends on the characteristics of that society. The guide is just that – a guide. It aims to help people in applying principles that have proved effective in dealing with HIV/AIDS and injecting drug use, but it will not be effective unless local circumstances are taken into account.