A human rights approach to integrating HIV and substance misuse services

Haldane, V., Jung, A. S., De Foo, C., Shrestha, P., Urdaneta, E., Turk, E., … & Legido-Quigley, H. (2022). Integrating HIV and substance misuse services: a person-centred approach grounded in human rights. The Lancet Psychiatry.

Integrating HIV-related care with treatment for substance use disorder provides an opportunity to better meet the needs of people living with these conditions. People with substance use disorder are rendered especially vulnerable by prevailing policies, structural inequalities, and stigmatisation.

Prevention and Treatment of HIV Among People Living with Substance Use and/or Mental Disorders

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Focus of this guide

People with mental illness and/or SUD are disproportionally affected by HIV. They may participate in behaviours that increase risk for contracting and transmitting HIV, such as sharing injection drug equipment or engaging in sexual behaviours that increase HIV risk. This guide addresses the co-occurrence of HIV and mental illness and/or SUD.

Centre for disease control prevention factsheets: HIV and substance use

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Centre for disease control prevention

Sharing needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment—for example, cookers—puts people at risk for getting or transmitting HIV and other infections.

In addition to being at risk for HIV and viral hepatitis, people who inject drugs can have other serious health problems, like skin infections and heart infections. These factsheets, developed by the centre for disease control prevention, 

HIV and Substance Use

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HIV info and NIH’s Office of AIDS Research

This summary page, developed by HIV info and NIH’s Office of AIDS Research, explores HIV and substance use.

The fact sheet addresses the following questions:

  • What is the connection between HIV and substance use?
  • How does substance use increase the risk of getting HIV?
  • How can substance use affect a person with HIV?
  • What steps should I take to protect my health?

Ending Inequalities for People who Use Drugs: How the Global HIV Response can Transform Drug Policy

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International Network of People who Use Drugs

This side event for the 65th Commission on Narcotic Drugs was originally presented on 14 March, 2022. Organised by INPUD, it was co-sponsored by Médecins du Monde, UNAIDS, UNODC HIV/AIDS Section, the Netherlands and Australia.

Responding to drug-related infectious diseases: EMCDDA mini guide

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Sharing drug injecting equipment increases the risk of transmitting and acquiring blood-borne infections, such as HIV and hepatitis B and C. While hepatitis C is the most prevalent blood-borne viral infection among people who inject drugs (PWID), injecting drug use remains an important mode of HIV transmission in some EU countries, and local outbreaks continue to occur.