CROI 2014: HIV in People Who Use Drugs [VIDEO]

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Despite ample evidence that syringe exchange and opiate substitution therapy work to help prevent transmission of HIV and viral hepatitis, access remains "woefully inadequate" in most parts of the world, Adeeba Kamarulzaman from the University of Malaya said during her plenary talk at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014) this week in Boston.

Kamarulzamanreviewed the state of the HIV epidemics among people who use drugs, as well as the types of services available to them in different regions.

[Adeeba Kamarulzamanspeaks at CROI 2014 press conference, Boston, March 4, 2014]

"Stigma and discrimination, as well as the war on drugs, are the two most powerful reasons why -- despite all the scientific evidence that we have -- we're not seeing the response to the HIV epidemic among people who use drugs that we should," Kamarulzaman summarized at a Tuesday press conference.

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Press conference. 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014). Boston. March 4, 2014.