Focus on harm reduction in fight against HIV, says report

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 10 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1479
  1. Sophie Cousins
  1. Kathmandu

New HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be virtually eliminated by 2030 if a small percentage of global drug control spending is redirected towards harm reduction programmes, a new report has said.

The report, The Case for a Harm Reduction Decade: Progress, Potential and Paradigm Shifts,1 by UK based non-governmental organisation Harm Reduction International (HRI), found that redirecting 7.5% of the money spent on the “war on drugs” could reduce HIV related deaths by 94%.

The modelling by David Wilson, head of infectious disease modelling at the Centre for Population Health at the Burnet Institute in Melbourne, found that even if 2.5% …

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