Kenya Drafts Policy to Address HIV in IDUs
August 24, 2010
In Kenya, "[i]ntravenous drug users (IDUs) have been largely ignored by the government's HIV programmes on the basis that drug-taking is illegal, but a new policy is being drafted with the aim of reducing HIV transmission among this high-risk group," IRIN/PlusNews reports. The article includes comments from Nicholas Muraguri, head of the National AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Control Programme, who said that the policy would treat drug use as a health issue, not a criminal one. "We want to provide needle exchange, methadone for treatment and condoms," Muraguri said. The article notes PEPFAR "recently changed its policy of excluding needle exchange and opioid substitution therapy programmes from funding" and highlights a recent International AIDS Society report (.pdf) that "recommends expanding outreach to high-risk, hard-to-reach drug users and encouraging them to test for HIV" (8/24).
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