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Prevention policies for HIV/AIDS need improving

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-c

On p 220, Rhodes and Simic examine environmental risk factors that might play a part in the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in some post-communist transitional European countries. They discuss how the political, economic, and social changes have changed the HIV risk environment, primarily through growing injecting drug markets, uncontrolled sex workers' activities, and migrations of the population. The authors call for changes in prevention policies, including implementation of harm prevention programmes for injecting drug users, which are currently hampered by legal, economic, and policy obstacles.

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