Commission on Narcotic Drugs requests to scale up HIV prevention among people who use drugs

 

Vienna 25 March, 2011 - The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs at its fifty-fourth session, took note of 2011-2015 UNAIDS Strategy aiming at zero new HIV infections, zero AIDS-related deaths and zero stigma and discrimination.

Member States adopted a resolution requesting UNODC to provide advice and guidance on effective measures to scale up HIV prevention for people who use drugs and to reduce stigma and discrimination.

The Commission reaffirmed the central importance of civil society as a key partner in the global response to HIV/AIDS, including to achieving zero new HIV infections.

Member States were urged to ensure their political commitment to combating HIV/AIDS, and highest level participation in the General Assembly meeting on HIV/AIDS in June 2011.


Globally, there are an estimated three million people who inject drugs and living with HIV, with another 13 million more at risk of HIV infection. While access to HIV prevention services, including harm reduction programmes has increased, their coverage among people who inject drugs remains low.