HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prevention and Care
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a co-sponsor of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). In accordance with the UNAIDS division of labour, UNODC is the lead agency for HIV prevention and care amongst injecting drug users and in prison settings. UNODC is also responsible for facilitating the development of a United Nations response to HIV and AIDS associated with persons vulnerable to human trafficking.
UNODC is mainstreaming HIV and AIDS into its activities globally and at regional and country levels, and is helping countries and civil society organizations to develop and implement comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention and care programmes for injecting drug users. UNODC also provides support in developing and implementing HIV and AIDS prevention and care programmes in prison settings.
To reverse the trends of existing HIV/AIDS epidemics and to prevent a new wave of epidemics, it is essential that interventions are comprehensive, evidence-informed and scaled-up immediately. Only if the majority of vulnerable people are reached with services can epidemic be prevented, halted and reversed. UNODC, therefore, advocate that comprehensive and large-scale interventions be an integral part of national HIV and AIDS frameworks.