Drug Policy and the HIV Pandemic in Russia and Ukraine

Klein, A. and Roberts, M. and Trace, M. (2004) Drug Policy and the HIV Pandemic in Russia and Ukraine. Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme, 4 pp. (Full text available)

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Abstract

Over the past three years Russia and Ukraine have experienced one of the fastest growing HIV pandemics in Europe. In contrast to other parts of the world, the main driver behind the rate of infection is injecting drug use. Recent government policies have placed a heavy emphasis on reducing availability and on harsh punishments for drug users. This approach has not succeeded in significantly reducing the level of drug use. It has pushed the drug scene underground and increased risky behaviours among vulnerable groups. In the absence of measures to reduce infections and reverse the rate of transmission, the long-term impact of HIV/AIDS on population growth and economic development is likely to be grave.

Item Type: Research report (external)
Uncontrolled keywords: injecting drug use, HIV, ukraine, russia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2010 09:30
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 05:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24740 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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