Injecting Drugs Threatens India's AIDS Fight
November 13, 2008
UNAIDS today warned that HIV infections will spread like a "bushfire" in pockets of India unless the country strongly supports prevention efforts among injection drug users. India has an estimated 200,000 IDUs, and HIV prevalence among them is estimated at more than 10 percent. IDUs are concentrated particularly in the remote northeast region close to the opium-producing Golden Triangle. "If we don't prevent new infections in new emerging populations like injecting drug users, it can go up as bushfires," said Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS. "Drug use is moving a bit everywhere, we can see it in Bihar, [Uttar Pradesh] and in Kashmir, it is kind of moving across the northern part of the country."
11.13.2008; Bappa Majumdar
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.