HIV/AIDS

Guide to starting and managing needle and syringe programmes


14 March 2007

ISBN 978 92 4 159627 5

Guide to starting and managing needle and syringe programmes, 2007

This guide is designed to assist in expanding the response to HIV among injecting drug users globally. The transmission of HIV among injecting drug users and related populations of sex workers, youth and other vulnerable people is greatly adding to the burden of disease in countries worldwide. Evidence from 20 years of research shows that needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) prevent, control and ultimately reduce prevalence of HIV and other blood-borne infections among injecting drug users.