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International AIDS Society to launch Virtual Media Centre in July to support opioid substitution therapy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Date:7/19/2011

switch from criminality to care and put an end to registries, put an end to compulsory drug detention and ended the imprisonment for drug use/possession for personal use, " said Patrizia Carrieri, a researcher at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM U912). "Governments need to stop portraying drug users as less than human and therefore less deserving of their human rights and access to proper treatment and care."

In the Ukraine up to 75 per cent of people living with HIV are dying from tuberculosis, and prisons are becoming incubators of MDR-TB filled with people convicted for minor possession. Irina Borushek , an activist with the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS is patient pointed out that the recent implementation of a high quality drug dependency treatment programme on which she herself is a patient, should become the norm, not the exception.

."Unless we make radical changes in drug policy, ensure effective scale up of drug comprehensive drug treatment, first of all, substitution treatment, and prioritize healthcare principles over repressive drug policy - we will fail to overcome HIV epidemic," said Borushek.

Liudmyla Sulga from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kiev said that law reform was an essential step if treatment was to be expanded across the Ukraine.

Alliance Ukraine is the largest NGO in the field of AIDS in Ukraine providing HIV prevention programmes to more than 240,000 people. The organization was instrumental in starting and rolling out medically assisted treatment for people who inject drugs.

In recent months however Alliance Ukraine has been lobbying to stop the systematic obstructions to the legal substitution treatment programmes for people who use drugs. Interference of law enforcement bodies into treatment pr
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Contact: Lindsey Rodger
lindsey.rodger@iasociety.org
International AIDS Society
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