Global Review Shows Most Countries Lack Adequate HIV Prevention Resources

"Some of the most adverse health consequences of drug use are experienced by PWID. A global review of services aimed at reducing adverse health consequences among PWID has suggested that only 79 countries have implemented both needle and syringe programmes and opioid substitution therapy. Only four countries were classified as having high levels of coverage of both of those types of interventions.

"Information on the availability of HIV testing and counselling and antiretroviral therapy remains sparse: only 34 countries could confirm the availability of HIV-testing programmes for PWID, and 17 countries confirmed that they had no such programmes. There was no information on the availability of antiretroviral therapy for 162 countries."


World Drug Report 2018. United Nations publication, Sales No. E.18.XI.9.